|Monday, August 27, 2012, 10:25 AM- -|
I am a fan, a huge fan. That means I get fanatical about my teams.
Most of the time I try to talk myself down to a level of responsibility though. It usually doesn't work but often times I try to talk myself into keeping sports in the proper prospective.
This is a good time to be a Clemson football fan and that hasn't always been the case in my lifetime. I try to tell myself to keep an eye on the big picture and not to let one game get me too high or too low because the big picture of Clemson football is very bright.
I know that the FSU and South Carolina games will be huge no matter what and I can see Clemson having a good season even with a loss in Atlanta Saturday. However, Saturday night is a big game. Here are ten reasons why:
One of the Goals
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There is a big difference between 1-0 and 0-1. Starting the season off with a loss makes the season more of an uphill battle.
Ranked Opponent Big Game?
Auburn enters this game as the nation's 25th ranked team in the coaches poll. Opening the season with a win over a ranked opponent usually gets people's attention.
This is a national TV game and a lot of opinions about your team are formed in September. Clemson needs a win to help with the perception of this program.
It's not news that Clemson got blown out and embarrassed in the Orange Bowl. It was the last game of the season and it was the last time the country saw Clemson's program. A win over Auburn would help a little in getting the taste of the West Virginia game out of the mouths of Clemson fans.
Clemson fans get tired of hearing about the Southeastern Conference from the Gamecocks they work with (I mean, that work FOR them). A win over an SEC team would once again mean a lot to the fan base. It would also mean that Clemson would take two of three in the latest series with Auburn.
This staff has done a great job in recruiting in this latest recruiting cycle. A win over Auburn would help justify the decisions made by several of the country's top prospects that have selected Clemson. The staff is also going up against Auburn for the nation's top defensive tackle, Mon Adams. A win over the Tiger might help a little here.
Peach State Presence
Clemson has done a great job of recruiting in the state of Georgia in this class and is still working players like Adams. They are also heavily involved in some great underclassmen in the Peach State in the next few classes. Clemson has 11 players from Georgia and seven more committed for next season. A win in the Georgia Dome never hurts recruiting locally.
The Georgia Dome has not been great for the Tigers in recent years. Clemson has lost five of its last six games in the Georgia Dome. Also Clemson has not played well in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. A win over Auburn may help ease the Atlanta Jinx.
The Next Game
The truth of the matter is that this game is big because it is the next game. Clemson is ranked 14th in both polls and a win without
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