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Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl preview

Here's a quick breakdown of Sunday's game between Clemson and Kentucky:

WHO TO WATCH: C.J. Spiller. It will be his final performance at the collegiate level, and if it’s anything like the way he played in the ACC championship game, you won’t want to miss it. Spiller still has several milestones within reach in this game. He needs one punt or kickoff return for a touchdown to set the NCAA career record. He needs one touchdown to set the school record and three to set the ACC record. He has scored a touchdown in every game this year and needs one more to set the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown. Spiller needs 55 receiving yards to become the first player in ACC history to reach 1,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving in the same season.

WHAT TO WATCH: Clemson’s use of tight end Michael Palmer. He’s been an integral part of the offense all season, and Kentucky’s pass defense will do what it can to take speedster Jacoby Ford out of the game. That could force Kyle Parker to get Palmer more involved in the game, and the Tigers will likely try to take advantage of the inexperience of linebacker Jacob Dufrene, who will start in place of the injured Sam Maxwell.

WHY WATCH: The ACC can’t afford another loss to a middle-of-the-pack SEC team, especially if that loss comes to the ACC’s No. 2 team. Clemson enters this game on a two-game losing streak, but has proved this season it is capable of rebounding. Coach Dabo Swinney has reminded his team of their battle back from a 2-3 start which included a loss to Maryland. In order to do it again, they’ll have to play much better on defense, stop the run and win the turnover battle, which they struggled to do in losses to Georgia Tech and rival South Carolina.

PREDICTION: Clemson’s top two playmakers, Spiller and Ford, will be too much for the Wildcats to overcome. The Tigers’ defense will show improvement, and Clemson wins, 31-17.