The West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3) will face off against the Clemson Tigers (10-3) Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl, in what should be a high-scoring affair.
The No. 15 Tigers' spread offense is paced by Quarterback Tajh Boyd (3,578 yards, 31 touchdowns) and Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins (77 receptions, 1,153 yards). While, Geno Smith (3,978 yards, 25 touchdowns) and Stedman Bailey (67 receptions, 1,197 yards) lead the No. 23 Mountaineers' Air-Raid attack.
WVU and Clemson, both average at least 33 points per game, over 440 yards of total offense, and have scored over 40 points in a combined total of 9 times this season.
So, if you enjoy defense this isn't the game for you.
The Tigers and Mountaineers defenses are ranked 61st and 62nd in the country, each giving up 26 points per game.
Here are the 5 keys for West Virginia to leave Miami as the Orange Bowl Champions.
1. Find a running game. WVU is ranked 98th in rushing yards per game and will be playing without leading rusher, Dustin Garrison. So, they need to figure out a way to get over 100 yards rushing. Shawne Alston, will have to carry the load, Andrew Buie will back up, and expect WR Tavon Austin to be a factor in the running game as well.
2. Protect the ball. They cannot give Clemson extra chances to score and expect a very suspect WVU defense to bail them out.
3. Know what where Clemson's Sammy Watkins is at ALL times! He is their "Game Breaker" he has theability to end the game quick.
4. Force QB Tajh Boyd into bad mistakes with the Pass Rush. It's not easy to bring him down with a sack, because of his elusiveness, but in Clemson's three losses he's threw five interceptions.
5. X-Factor: Tavon Austin. Get him the ball early and often. Sometimes Dana Holgorsen keeps him out of the gameplan until the second half, but if they want to keep up with Clemson, they will get him a lot of touches not just in the return game.
Prediction: WVU 41 – 38. First one to 40 wins this one.