Posted September 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Clemson Tigers are accustomed to winning at home, and there's little reason to believe that won't continue in their 2012 opener at Death Valley. The 12th-ranked Tigers meet Ball State on Saturday for the first time in a decade. Clemson surrendered an average of 25.7 points per game while going 7-0 at Death Valley last season, the first time in 21 years the Tigers finished a season unbeaten at home. However, they were lit up for 70 points in an Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia, prompting a change in defensive coordinators with Kevin Steele dismissed and Brent Venables brought in from Oklahoma. Everything clicked on both sides of the ball for Clemson (1-0) in last Saturday's 26-19 win over Auburn at the Georgia Dome. "There's a lot of room for improvement. We've got to be a lot more consistent," Venables said even though Clemson surrendered just one touchdown and 374 total yards. "We can't give up big plays and leave guys uncovered. But ...
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