I, along with others, thought that Clemson did a sharp job taking what Georgia did against Alabama in the SECCG and using it to their advantage in the national title game. Some of that was the aggressive way both teams attacked Alabama’s secondary, but some of it was also the way both teams played pass defense.
It’s easy to say Tagovailoa’s injury was the reason for his poor showing against the Dawgs, but that discounts the tactics Smart and Tucker came up with to confuse his reads. (After the national title game loss, they knew they had to design something different, right?)
You have to figure that’s something Saban will have his staff working on hard, and with those receivers, there’s no way we should ignore the possibility that Tua figures a lot of that out this season. But I’ll sure be curious to see what Georgia’s staff dials up in response, assuming there’s another meeting around the corner.