At the beginning of the season if you were to ask me who would be the three best teams in the ACC, Clemson would have never rolled off my tongue. In fact, they weren’t even a thought as most thought head coach Dabo Sweeny would be fired by mid season. Well boy was I wrong. Tajh Boyd has turned up performances that are Heisman worthy and the Clemson Tigers are undefeated with a pretty darn good resume to top it off.
The Tigers are (5-0, 2-0), basking in their highest national ranking since 2000, are the first ACC team ever to win three consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents (four if you want to count FCS power Wofford). Their offense has dissected every opponent in front of them and defensively they fly around the ball like a bunch of crazed Tigers. (No pun intended)
Having already vanquished the preseason picks to win the Atlantic (Florida State) and Coastal (Va. Tech) divisions, Clemson is the clear favorite to win a weak Atlantic group, with games remaining against Wake Forest, Maryland, N.C. State and a 3 p.m. kickoff Saturday at home vs. lowly Boston College who has already dropped a game to Duke.
Truth is Clemson has earned a few easy games as they have had to get up for big games in consecutive weeks and it will be good for them to showcase what they have to the rest of the conference. Let’s just see if they play down to their competition or do they put these teams away like national contenders do. Honestly I wasn’t so sure about their win over national champion Auburn until Auburn stepped it up against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Defeating any team in the SEC is a feat especially since the conference holds the last 5 national championships under their belt.
Clemson is now fighting its history as the season rolls forward. The 2000 team won its first eight games and was ranked fifth in the country before losing three of its last four games. That slide started in the ninth game against Georgia Tech, which will also be Clemson’s ninth game this season. No teams like to see that Georgia Tech offense because it changes the pace of games, but if this years Clemson team is up to the task, this could be that special year that the Tigers have longed for.
I know they are probably just fooling with me, but I am really starting to believe… Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!