Road warriors: Clemson looks to stay unbeaten with second road test of season

10/24/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak

#6 Clemson at Miami 12pm
The undefeated Tigers will take to the road for only the second time this season when they travel to 4 and 2 Miami in this ACC clash. On paper these teams have very similar offensive numbers. Clemson averages 35.2 points per game while Miami averages 33.7. The Tigers average 448.5 yards per game, while the Hurricanes average 443.8. After dropping back to back road games, the Hurricanes rebounded with a 30 to 20 home win over Virginia Tech last week. Clemson's only road game so far this season was a 20 to 17 win over Louisville on September 17th, but the Tigers have been strong away from home recently, winning 17 of their past 21 games away from home. These teams last met in Miami in 2009 with Clemson winning 40 to 37.

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#17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech 3:30pm
The 5 and 1 Sooners will hit the road in this one to take on the 5 and 2 Red Raiders. This game will pit one of the Big 12's best defenses against one of the top offenses in the country. Texas Tech averages 623.7 yards per game in total offense and 427.6 yards passing per game, both of which rank 2nd best in the NCAA. The Red Raiders 49.4 points per game is the 3rd highest in the nation. Oklahoma is tops in the Big 12 in total defense, scoring defense, passing defense, and interceptions. The Sooners are 2nd in the conference in sacks as well. Defensively though, Texas Tech has struggled. The Red Raiders have the 122nd ranked passing defensive in the NCAA, giving up an average of 553.6 yards per game. They haven't been much better against the run either, allowing an average of 263.9 yards against per game. It was the ground game that did in Texas Tech in last year's matchup, as the Sooners rushed for 384 yards. Samaje Perine led the way for Oklahoma with 213 yards rushing and 3 TD's in the 42 to 30 win.
Tennessee at #8 Alabama 3:30pm
The 6 and 1 Crimson Tide come into this SEC matchup on a roll, having won their past 4 games since losing to Mississippi on September 19th. Coming in at 3 and 3, Tennessee had lost back to back games to Arkansas and Florida by a combined 5 points, but rebounded with a 38 to 31 upset win over #19 Georgia two weeks ago. Offensively these teams are very close on average. Tennessee averages 37.2 points per game while Alabama averages 35.6 points per game. The Volunteers average 434.7 yards per game, while the Crimson Tide 430.1 yards per game. Alabama has dominated Tennessee recently, winning the past 8 meetings by an average of 23.5 points. The Volunteers have struggled on the road against ranked teams as well, losing 22 straight games at ranked opponents.
#15 Texas A&M at #24 Mississippi 7pm
Offense will be on display in this SEC matchup of Top 25 teams. The 5 and 2 Rebels come in averaging 43.6 points per game and 521 yards per game, while the 5 and 1 Aggies come in averaging 36.5 points per game and 453 yards per game. And both teams defenses are giving up lots of yards as well, with Texas A&M surrendering 378.3 yards per game while Mississippi gives up an average of 359.4 yards against. Both teams are coming in off of losses as well. The Aggies fell to Alabama last week, while Mississippi was upset by Memphis. Though Texas A&M has played away from home, this will be their first actual road game, where the Aggies have struggled recently, losing 4 of their past 6 SEC road games. Ole Miss won last years meeting 35 to 20, marking the Rebels first ever in against Texas A&M.

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