ESPN's Lou Holtz, Mark May on USF-Clemson
Just to get another take on Friday's USF-Clemson game here in Charlotte, ESPN made analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May available in a teleconference with the media on Thursday afternoon. I asked for their thoughts on the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and here's what they had to say -- keep in mind from a full-disclosure standpoint that Holtz is Skip Holtz's father:
Holtz: "I think Clemson is potentially an outstanding football team. Go back and look at the film of Clemson vs. Auburn -- I think they held Auburn to 17 points in (regulation). Clemson would have won the football game had the quarterback been able to hit a 5-yard pass to a wide-open guy in the end zone in overtime. Consequently, they end up losing by three. I think Clemson has very, very good talent, the skill people. You look at their running back situation, (Kyle) Parker is a very experienced quarterback. On the other hand, I think that other than (USF's Dontavia) Bogan, you really don't have a game-breaker on offense. You've got some serious problems there. Your running back situation is very solid, just good, physical people. Their quarterback is going to have to have a great game. I think B.J. Daniels is going to have to play a prominent role in this game. He's going to have to make some plays. Clemson has just played outstanding football, and yet they've played very mediocre football. You can never tell which Clemson team will show up."
May: "I agree with Coach. I think (Clemson is) a Jekyll and Hyde football team, but one thing for sure, you know Da'Quan Bowers is going to show up each and every week. He's had a fabulous season this year. He's probably going to end up with a terrific game in this game. I think it's going to be a low-scoring game. You look at both of these programs, they both have young coaches that are headed in the right direction. Skip Holtz at South Florida, obviously in his first year there he got them back into a bowl game. I think he's got to recruit better in South Florida than the previous regime. You look at Clemson, this is a team that always gets talent. They get a lot of good players out of Florida, and if Dabo Swinney can take them to the next step, I think there will be a lot of pressure on him next year to get them to at least eight or nine victories."