Purdue must deal with prosperity

Our scout breaks down the potential "trap" games and top individual matchups on this week's schedule.

Updated: October 8, 2004, 1:10 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
With so many Top-25 teams squaring off on "Showdown Saturday", there aren't as many potential pitfalls for ranked teams this weekend. However, some teams are walking into dangerous minefields.

Trap Games

Clemson Tigers at Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia has beaten up on four teams with a combined record of 7-13 this season. While everyone knows Al Groh's team is good, the question is how good? Clemson certainly isn't the measuring stick for the Cavs to find out whether they are in the same class as Florida State or Miami. But Clemson is the best team the Cavs have faced to date.

Clemson isn't as talented as it was a season ago, but it also isn't as bad as its 1-3 record might indicate. Tommy Bowden's team beat a tough Wake Forest squad in the opener. But they lost a heartbreaker at home to Georgia Tech and haven't been able to bounce back on the road against Texas A&M and Florida State. The one thing we know is that Clemson has faced solid competition on a weekly basis, which is more than can be said for Virginia.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer