Clemson Tigers open the 2015 season vs the Wofford Terriers, Saturday, September 5th!
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Finally, we get a playoff in college football this year. It's just a four team playoff, but it's a start.
Unfortunately for Clemson, the season doesn't set up well for Tigers to be invited to the party. Only one team from the ACC will make it to the final four, and the odds greatly favor Florida State.
So, what about these Tigers? To have a truly big year, they'll have to do something they haven't done in a long time: win as an underdog in a hostile environment. That means figure out a way to win at Georgia on August 30th or at Florida State on September 19th. Then, they'll have to avoid stumbling at home against good North Carolina and Louisville teams, and take care of business with the rest of the conference schedule. Plus, the Tigers are desperate to change the tide against South Carolina at Death Valley to end the regular season.
All of this is a lot to ask. I'd say it's too much to ask. I know Dabo is confident, but isn't he always? I'm looking at 9-3 this year, and another bowl win against a good, but not great, team. In the meantime, Clemson can develop new stars for 2015 like DeShaun Watson, Artavis Scott and MacKensie Alexander in hopes of being in the playoff picture a year down the road.
Jan 1st is back to being a meaningful day in my life. Other than beginning a New Year with new resolutions I can remember getting so excited for New Year’s Day because ALL the great bowl match ups were on that day. Then the BCS happened. All of the bowls were decided in this system that nobody really knew how it worked. The great bowl match ups were spread out over a week and Jan 1st became a day where average schools like South Carolina played their bowl games. After years of complaining the college Presidents finally agreed to a college football playoff that begins this year and starts with two semi-final match ups on Jan 1st. New Year’s Day games that mean something are BACK and I can’t wait to watch the season unfold.
I grew up in Clemson so Labor Day weekend is always a time I look forward to because it starts the football season. The Tiger program is on the upswing after two consecutive 11-2 seasons, a 2011 ACC Championship and the state’s first ever BCS bowl victory last year. We head into this year different than we have since Dabo became coach. Our defense is the strongest it’s been in years going two deep in almost all positions led by All American Vic Beasley. Our offense has a lot of interesting question marks with the biggest being 6’4 225 pound Cole Stoudt as QB. He has studied Tahj Boyd over the last three years and waited for his chance to get his shot. If he is consistent and can get through the early season jitters at Georgia we could have a really interesting year.
My wife and two cohosts, GMac and Metro Mario, are huge Gamecock fans. It has been a long five years hearing them talk about Cocky, Spurrier and the Sandstorm. I think this year has potential to be good with a lot of great young recruits coming into the program over the next two years led by Deshaun Watson. I don’t have a record prediction because I only really care about one thing this year…… NOV28th #STOPTHESTREAKPLEASE
This is Clemson’s year! Though both counterintuitive and hard to admit, FINALLY the talent in the program, though commercially lower than last year, plays directly to Clemson’s number one strength, Chad “Million Dollar Man” Morris. For the first time Chad Morris is allowed 100% creative latitude without the explicit or implied pressure to get the ball to, or through any particular “super star.” Gone are the days of guarding a talented, yet mentally unstable Tahj Boyd or, ensuring the very dynamic talent of a Sammy Watkins is on display for all of Death Valley to see. Thanks to the boys over in the recruiting department (i.e. Dabo Sweeney), Chad will be working with several really good pieces, none of which are greater than the whole. So imagine this, the greatest coordinator in the country with the offensive versatility to exploit and find any mismatch on the field. If you couple that we the best defense Clemson has had in years, what do you get? You get wins on the road, and dare I say, non-conference, end of season, in-state wins???
Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
B.A. in Political Science, December 2009
Honors: GWU Political Science Student of the Year
ESPN Academic All-American, District III
Big South Athletic Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year
GWU President’s Senior Athletic Program Award
Lindys Athletic All-American
Bronco Nagurski Scholarship Recipient
Activities: Student Government
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Model Arab League
Undrafted Free Agent
Participated in tryouts and organized team activity with the Denver Broncos & San Diego Chargers