Hey cowboys and cowgirls, it's your time to shine. Let's hear ya.
Son, that Tiger defense has busted out. Blogged on Sunday that if you kindly remove those first 17 minutes of the Georgia game - Bulldogs 21, Tigers 21 - Clemson's defense would be a top-20 national defense. Quite the turnaround so far, and it hasn't been the easiest of schedules per se.
Battle would have gotten some PT, ahem, once Clemson assumed a comfortable lead Saturday. Tough break for him, self-inflicted of course. Look for more Eric Mac Lain and Shaq Anthony in the second half.
Well, Anthony's starting. So, just even more snaps for him.
It'll be hard to tell, jt, since ERRRRBODY'S wearing orange. But I bet those Clemson grads in New York City make the trip. Where you coming from?
Ha, see what you did there. Not much, really. There are two walkover ACC games on the schedule, and this is one of them. Shoot, even Boston College (2-10 last year) showed a pulse when they beat ... um, Wake Forest. Yeah this gon' get ugly.
Yessir (or yes ma'am.) I will be curious to see how many media exactly make the trip. But I'm intrigued by my first trip to the Dome.
The Carrier Dome, that is. Only other indoor football games I've ever attended are the Georgia Dome (CFA Kickoff and SEC Title last year) and the Superdome (Falcons-Saints on Monday Night Football, in the seats on a family trip. Brees set the single-season passing record that night)
Jacob, great chance for Boyd to get back in tune. He needs his rhythm. So does Sammy Watkins. Big days for both Saturday.
Three-way race between Cole Stoudt, Chad Kelly (if he's happy and healthy) and DeShaun Watson (if he stays committed). Stoudt's to lose.
Larry Williams column the other day; it used to be that Virginia Tech was the bastion of consistency and Clemson was trying to find itself. As Dr. Evil would say, "It seems the tables have turned, Mr. Powers."
Family friend attends 'Cuse. He'll show me around. Looking forward to it, for sure!
Well, they sure do. It's always amusing to hear Dabo Swinney go down the opposing team's roster and basically tell us for 10 minutes why each young man deserves All-American consideration. (Dabo's not the only one who does that, to be sure.)
Honestly, it's got to be self-driven. You could ask the same question down in Tuscaloosa; honestly, what else do those veterans have to prove? And other than LSU, how do they get amped to prepare? Shouldn't more people be thinking Ole Miss is a trap game Saturday?
No, sir. Not on talent. Bryant's maybe the best big-play threat, but Watkins is still the most important offensive player on this team other than Boyd.
Definitely rusty. Maybe buying. That's natural for young people. The entire season will tell the tale.
Thaaaaaat one's more intriguing. I will say ... 35 percent.
And jt, that is absofreakinglutely a storyline. I guarantee he gets some calls after the season (if he hasn't already.) It'll come down to if the price and job is right. And as I always say, if the wifey don't wanna move, the coachy stays. The Swinneys have three boys in the middle school age. Remember that.
So, to be clear, I say about a 2/3rds chance Swinney's still here in 3 years.
Fair question. I know the guys over at TCI and TN have written such things, because that's sort of their role. Maybe one or two others I don't know about. Wallace and I have enjoyed some debates on Twitter on the topic.
Here's my stance: I accept that college football is a wild beast. If you think Clemson's waltzing to 11-0 going into Columbia so long as they handle FSU, you haven't watched a lick of college football. I accept that Clemson does have a reasonable history of losing games it shouldn't; from 2006-11, it did so once in five of the six years, and the sixth year was a 6-7 campaign. So the moniker wasn't an act of wizardry.
So, I defer the 'Clemsoning' topic until the team goes out and proves, as it did in 2012, that it can beat the teams it should. All of them. Which is no easy task. But writing such articles now, even with well-researched points and arguments, would be null and void if they go and lose in College Park a month from today.
Giving. Score prediction at the end of the chat, which is in 10 minutes.
If Nick Saban ever left ... IF ... Dabo Swinney would rest his head at night dreaming of that job. Of course, for the moment, Kirby Smart would be a natural fit. So many factors there. But I don't think it's a stretch to believe that'd be Swinney's dream job. Grew up there, played there, started coaching there ... I doubt he'd say, "nah, I'm good." But would Bama choose him?
That's going right for the top. Would Swinney consider other SEC jobs? Or something like Nebraska? Yeah. Maybe. Probably. Could be. Only three people know: Mr. Swinney, Mrs. Swinney, and their agent.
With Clemson football, you're looking at it. Moved here in May. First season on the gig. But my two previous jobs were Auburn football (2012) and Iowa basketball (2010-11), and both of the first games I covered on those beats were against ... Clemson. And the Tigers won both games. So Clemson's 5-0 with me in attendance in football and basketball. There's that.
Keep an eye on senior receiver Michael Campanaro, who I've heard compared to Wes Welker. All he does is catch footballs, and usually get first downs. 25 catches this year is good for second in the ACC. Ranked third in the league's category last year, and fourth in 2011.
Any final thoughts? Score predictions Saturday?
Hmm, interesting question. Would have to check the tape on angles, but he has missed some tackles this year. Remember, he is playing a new position, and he and Smith have been overworked at safety.
So, as I said earlier, I see this as more than a four-touchdown game. The last two postgame interview rooms haven't been all kisses and flowers for the players, which is good news in the long-term, because who wants to peak in September? I see this being a game where the Tigers show everyone they're deserving of their No. 3 ranking, which has been easy to question with teams like Ohio State and Stanford lurking. Not that style points matter much in December, but they'll be easy to come by Saturday. I'll go Clemson 56, Wake Forest 17.
Thanks to JT, Son of Spurrier and the Tweeples for chipping in today. Enjoy the rest of your week!