How do we match up with Clemson?
After watching their throttling of Bama I started wondering how badly they would have beaten us this year. We have somewhat caught up to Bama and have had 2 chances to beat them but I'm not sure about Clemson. I definitely underestimated their prowess all season and expected them to lose a game somewhere and then definitely lose in the playoffs. I assumed Lawrence would have a freshmen stumble against a great defense but he looked near perfect in that game. The entire team looked dominant in just about every phase.
I don't know what they are losing defensively but looks like most of their offensive firepower will be back. It will be nice when we are able to dominate on offense and at each level of the defense the way they did. Seems like we are always just a little lacking in one or two areas of the defense. Last year and some of this year the secondary overall (not including Baker) was underperforming and this year the D-line and LB's had their struggles. It has been stated many times on this forum that QB pressure is not that important but as I watched Clemson's D-line harass Tua all night I couldn't help but chuckle. They got in his head and he couldn't find an answer.
Doesn't look like they are going anywhere anytime soon so a play-off matchup seems to be eminent.