This is the second meeting between the two teams and the first time the two teams have met since Pittsburgh joined the ACC in 2013. Clemson is having Senior Day today, but several juniors will be recognized due to their graduating: Watson, Gallman, and Scott. They are 5-4 with a tight win over Penn State early in the year, but the visiting Lions were injured and inexperienced. They lost a couplet of games to Oklahoma State and UNC early on, and are on a two game losing streak against Virginia Tech and Miami.

Pittsburgh has a potent offense that averages five yards a rush and has rushed 397 times for 1984 yards and 24 scores. James Conner is their star running back, whom missed all of last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was the 2014 ACC player of the year and Clemson will need to continue their excellent work of containing opposing running backs or else he will have a field day.

Their passing offense is efficient but not high powered, as senior quarterback Nathan Peterman has thrown for 1806 yards and 14 scores while only throwing four picks. Sophomore pass catcher Quadree Henderson also doubles as one of the nation’s best returners, so Clemson will need to contain him (which has not been a problem this year).

Their defense has been unusually suspect for a Pat Narduzzi defense, allowing 34.4 points per game. This is his second year at Pittsburgh, and he was previously the defensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio at Michigan State. He also utilizes Dantonio’s 4-2-5 defense.

Pittsburgh is a solid team, but they are in a rut and have not looked good recently. If Clemson doesn’t make mistakes or lose their focus, this should be a solid win and hopefully the seniors will get a chance to see the field today.