Clemson Football: 3 takeaways from convincing win over NC State

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Clemson football beat the NC State Wolfpack convincingly in South Carolina. Here are three takeaways from the Clemson win over NC State.

Clemson took full home field advantage in their 41-7 victory over the NC State Wolfpack. The Tigers ran out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The difference between an S&P+ top-five team like Clemson, and a top-20 team like NC State, proved to be insurmountable. NC State put their cards on shutting down Travis Etienne and the run game and Trevor Lawrence proved he is an ACC caliber playmaker against a really good defense.

Clemson is going to be a force to reckon with through the rest of their ACC slate including in the ACC Championship Game as the Coastal Division isn’t going to bring real competition to Charlotte, NC. The Tigers were fifth in yards per play heading into the contest and while NC State’s defense did good things against Clemson that’s a lot to handle for any defense when the offense can’t contribute.

The Tigers don’t have the best kicking game but compared to Alabama, Penn State and Washington, Clemson is quite efficient on special teams. Heading into Week 8, Duke is the second highest rated program Clemson will face the rest of the season per the S&P+. The Blue Devils are 32nd in the nation per Bill C’s analytics.

Here are my three takeaways from the Clemson drubbing of NC State.

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