"No expectations," he said. "Just going out and playing."
Mostly playing the Z receiver position, known for physical play, McCartney will see a Clemson secondary ranked No. 37 nationally in pass defense, allowing an average of 202.9 yards. The Tigers are No. 56 in pass efficiency with a 127.4 rating. (Alabama leads the nation in the category at 83.97.)
"They show a lot of man coverage," McCartney said. "The cornerbacks look big, but you can't tell until you get on the field."
Clemson is expected to start Coty Sensabaugh and Bashaud Breeland, both listed at 6-foot and 185 pounds, at the cornerback positions.
McCartney said the coaches broke down film "a lot" before making the trip and he sees "nothing but opportunities" in the game.
"Everything looks good," said the receiver. "We want to get this game won for the seniors."
ORANGE PEELS: Clemson sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the team's second-leading pass catcher, appears in line to play after a mild concussion suffered in a car wreck. "I think he's going to be fine," said Tiger coach Dabo Swinney. ... Clemson is practicing at Nova Southeastern University, which, like Barry University, where WVU is practicing, doesn't have a football team. Both Orange Bowl teams are practicing on soccer fields. ... WVU had film sessions Friday morning on offense, defense and special teams before taking practice in the afternoon. The Mountaineers had no outings Friday evening, while Clemson had a team dinner outing at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse. Both teams have family beach parties on New Year's Eve. WVU will celebrate at the Fontainebleau Beachfront. ... Of 16 ESPN college football analysts, only three - Todd Blackledge, Jenn Brown and Lou Holtz - predicted WVU to defeat Clemson, according to a story posted by the network.
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