Welcome to the Clemson live chat with Aaron Brenner. You there, Aaron?
That's a good question, Matt. Very, very difficult decision for the coaches going forward. See, with Tyshon Dye, he's clearly out a while, and Clemson seems to have enough RBs to carry the load, so that's an easy redshirt. But the Clemson corners were shaky Saturday, and they don't have enough depth to begin with. I can tell you Brent Venables was really, really excited to get MA back on Tuesday, so I bet he's really disappointed in the setback. It's an indefinite absence. Pulled groins are tough ones, just like hamstrings.
Robinson had nice explosiveness to the ball on the very first play, a screen pass to Gurley. After that ... eh.
I am a member of the Post and Courier, ha. Larry's a solid guy. Definitely the most admired writer on the beat, in my eyes. But no, I tend to not read other people's stuff that often other than my own. It's nothing personal; just habit.
USA Today Sports is mock projecting a 4-team BCS playoff. After week one, only two teams were on all 16 ballots: Alabama and Clemson.
I live in Greenville. About a 40-minute drive to the stadium each way. It's a solid move; I like having my own life away from the beat, busy as it keeps for these five months.
Aaron, any idea what kind of strengths South Carolina State has?
This is a direct quote from Kirk Herbstreit on GameDay, after the Scott Van Pelt "Believe in Clemson?" piece: "Anyone who's followed Clemson football understands what Scott's talking about. It's not so much beating an LSU or tonight beating a Georgia; it's not losing a game to Scott's team, Maryland."
This. This. A HUNDRED TIMES, this. The Dabo rant wasn't totally out of line, but it was dumb. Beating Georgia only feeds into the reputation that Clemson beats Goliath but lays an egg vs. David.
Strengths South Carolina State has: purportedly, they're athletic. Aaaaand ... that's all I've got. Haven't heard back from the team's beat writer.
Clemson is 26-0 against the FCS, and only once was it a single-digit margin. South Carolina State is 0-10 vs. the FBS. So, really the only questions are, 1) does Clemson cover the 52-point spread? (If you're into that sort of thing), and 2) who all gets to play Saturday?
Apparently Chad Kelly's going to play. 21 weeks after tearing his ACL. That's absolutely ridiculous. Good for him and the Tigers' medical staff.
He only played on special teams, Matt. He is the gunner on punt coverage. Did not line up at receiver. But expect that to change against the "other" Bulldogs.
If I'm Kelly and Clemson, let me play one drive late in the 4th and do nothing but hand off, or quick flat throws, or maaaaaybe a 3-step drop. For God's sake, the kid's not playing any meaningful minutes this year. He's probably not eligible for a medical, but just let him keep healing and getting stronger so he can compete in 2014.
Ugh. Glad I could get that off my chest. Again, great effort by him getting healthy. But there's no reason more than a quick rousing cheer from the crowd to put him in harm's way. NO reason.
At least Sam Cooper, if he comes back at the right time, could beef up the tight end depth. Let's face it: if Tajh Boyd goes down, and then Cole Stoudt goes down, Clemson's season is shot anyway. Let's be honest.
Nuk was definitely more 'dependable.' This is why I really thought Adam Humphries would be more in the gameplan, though if I remember right, he only had one target Saturday on a slant, and the ball was thrown behind him.
I guess AH had two targets; he had an 8-yard catch. Still.
Kelly 4 months removed from an ACL, or Stoudt at 100 percent?
Besides, again: if there's no Tajh, the season's shot. At least in its current form.
Alright, Matt, web wizard, and all you wallflowers out there: how much does Clemson win by Saturday?
-52.5. Shifted half a point
I will say Clemson baaaaaaarely covers. 63-10
Anyone think Clemson is going to win by 52 - and a half?
And there's the answer ...
Aaron are you trying to regain brownie points for picking Georgia?
Ha, I guarantee there will be fans who won't let me forget that ... even if Clemson's raising that crystal ball in four months. Nature of the business.
Thanks, Matt. Catch you guys later -AB
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