Clemson Football: 3 takeaways from dominant win over Georgia Tech

Travis Etienne, Clemson football (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
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Clemson football returned to defend their crown by stomping Georgia Tech in Death Valley. Here are the most important takeaways.

After all the offseason hype, after the constant pats on the back, after seven long months, Clemson finally dusted off their orange and purple pads and put on a show for the hometown fans in Death Valley.

By spanking Georgia Tech 52-14, Clemson put the rest of the ACC on notice – the Tigers aren’t leaning on last year’s laurels. Throughout the offseason, Dabo Swinney emphasized that though the program as a whole is enjoying a 15-game winning streak, this year’s team has yet to win a game.

That was true until they welcomed Georgia Tech to South Carolina.

As expected, Clemson dominated in every facet of the game and extended their win streak over the Yellow Jackets to five consecutive games.

Few expected Georgia Tech to challenge the defending national champions, but most believe that Texas A&M and Syracuse – Clemson’s next two opponents – will provide more competitive matchups.

With more challenging opponents on the very-near horizon, the Tigers will have plenty to review in the film room this week. Here are three takeaways from their Week 1 victory.