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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Pregame notes

By Heather Dinich

CLEMSON, S.C. -- There are no lineup changes for Clemson, but a few notes for North Carolina: Tailback Giovani Bernard will play, but he won't start. He missed practice on Tuesday with a hip injury, and a little bit of time on Wednesday. How much he plays remains to be seen, but he is expected to play. Cam Holland will start at center after missing the past two games with a back injury, and Tim Scott, a freshman, will start in place of corner Jabari Price, who struggled last week.

I'm watching Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins warm up, and what caught my eye was his helmet: The back of it is almost completely covered in helmet stickers. There's no official count, but it's easily one of the most decorated helmets out there. It looks like a senior's helmet. North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones, though, said this week that he is the best receiver in the ACC. There's no question both of them will take center stage today.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney brought his players together in a huddle around the 15-yard line at the end of warm-ups, and he looked just as animated then as he does on the sideline during games. Almost. Focus will be the key for the Tigers from here on out, and this UNC team will give them one of the best defensive looks they'll see all season. The Tar Heels are deep, and they can become bowl eligible with a win today.