About Clemson

Bill Connelly looks at Clemson and likes what he sees ($$).  The Tigers’ projected win total is just a smidge under eleven and they’re second in projected SP+.  They’re favored in every game on their schedule and only the opener against the Dawgs is seen as a relative toss-up.  (“That Week 1 battle with Georgia is going to be spectacular, though.”)

What’s more interesting to me is his breakdown of the team, which can be summarized as follows:

  • Uiagalelei will be fine.
  • The defensive line is ridiculously good, maybe the best in college football this season.
  • Relatively speaking, the secondary is something of a question mark, especially with Kendrick’s departure.
  • The skill position talent is good, but as good as last year’s?  Probably not.

I have yet to see anything to change my mind from its first position on the Clemson-Georgia game, which is, simply, the team with the offensive line that holds up best wins.  And you?

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16 responses to “About Clemson

  1. Down Island Way

    “Alex, I’ll take mirror image for the game please”…(except skill position)

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  2. RangerRuss

    Clemson sucks.

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  3. PTC DAWG

    I’ll go with the team with the most points as winner. 😀

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  4. Clemson is going to be great, for sure. And I think it’s more than fair that it’s currently a 3.5 point favorite. However, Nolan Turner is cited in almost every piece as a positive point due to his experience, and for the life of me, I don’t know why. He, like Skalski, is a liability. I think both Clemson safeties are liabilities, actually.

    Clemson’s DL is stupid good and it scares me for sure, but if the OL holds up, I think UGA (and any decent passing team) will torch Clemson’s back 4.

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    • Dawg in Austin

      This is exactly right. Other than Booth, their secondary is very average and can be had. Their OL is equally average other than one tackle. I think the winner has the better explosive plays to turnover ratio.

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      • I’m typically a pessimistic fan, but I think UGA has some serious advantages in this game. Clemson’s DL is legit. It’s going to be a problem, but so is UGAs, but I think UGAs OL is likely to hold up better than Clemson’s OL. As you said, the key component is going to be explosives (on both offense and defense). UGA’s OL could hold up better on the whole, but give up two sacks that lead to fumbles and it won’t matter how well the other 70 (or so) plays go.

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  5. benco04

    I look at the last game Clemson played and think there’s a lot of Pollyanna about their ability to 1) stop the run and 2) run it themselves. Maybe I’m missing something and maybe that game was an aberration. But until proven otherwise, Kirby teams tend to win when they stop the run and can also run it themselves.

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  6. TripleB

    Might just come down to which team is up for the moment. Usually, Kirby has had his teams ready for big games, but I guess the same could be said for Goofy (aka Dabo). One team will react to the stage better, especially after getting punched in the nose, and that team will win.

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  7. 86bone

    Let’s just hope the Dawgs look like The Cold Blooded Sausage Maker that Kirby has turned them into and this game will be a laugher!

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  8. theotherdoug

    I agree OL play will be important, but I think the winner will be the team that gets the opposing D to put 6 DBs on the field. Both teams are strongest to weakest DL>LBs>DBs.

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  9. rugbydawg79

    Our RB’s are way better…Let Zamir hit em in the mouth a few times then bring in Milton.

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    • Darin Cochran

      I agree…Etienne was a stallion, his absence is being overshadowed by Lawrence’s departure.
      We, on the other hand, are 5 deep and I venture to say that the most unherald (and underrated) of the bunch, Dajion Edwards, would start for every team in the SEC except Bama, LSU, A&M and maybe Florida.

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  10. Hobnail_Boot

    Dawgs by 21.

    Beck will be handing off to Edwards in Q4.

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