Clemson Tigers dominate, leave no question regarding ACC favorite


The No. 6 Clemson Tigers dominated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and in doing so sent a message to ACC contenders like Florida State and Duke.

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Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers are the best team in the ACC right now, and it isn’t even close. The Tigers roared out of a gate, their first drive ended in a huge 66-yard run by Wayne Gallman, he walked into the endzone without even being touched.

At the end of the first quarter, Clemson led 19-3 following another touchdown run by Gallman and a safety on a punt against Georgia Tech. From there, they never looked back. Eventually, it got to the point where the Tigers put in their second string against the Yellow Jackets.

In total, the Clemson defense held Georgia Tech, who averaged 311 yards rushing entering the game, to a mere 71 yards on the ground. Georgia Tech only earned 15 yards rushing in the second half, including during the time when Clemson’s starters were pulled.

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  • Deshaun Watson looked good again, throwing for a pair of touchdowns, and as already stated, the Tigers’ run game looked solid.

    So while Georgia Tech will head back to Atlanta wondering how in the world they can save their season and even make it to a bowl game, Swinney and his Tigers will be wondering just who in the world can stop them on their way to making it to a bowl game.

    A month from now, on November 7th, Clemson will play host to the Florida State Seminoles in an ACC showdown. The game itself will have serious playoff implications, and Clemson will enter the game as the favorites to win.

    As well they should.

    This is especially due to the early season struggles of the Florida State offense. Transfer quarterback Everett Golson has yet to throw an interception on the year, but that can easily change. As of now, the Florida State offense is all about dink and dunk passes, while the majority of the highlight reel is of Dalvin Cook. Cook and an improved defense are really all that Clemson has to worry about thus far in regards to FSU.

    If they manage to beat FSU, which they should, it’s a relatively tame path to the ACC championship, where they would probably face Duke. Duke is good, but not good enough.

    After that, Clemson will be waiting for the playoffs. And then the question becomes this: Which one of the contenders can stop them? There really isn’t a clear cut favorite to win the national title anymore. Clemson looks pretty good though.

    Swinney vs Meyer, anyone?

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