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I was in Auburn this past weekend for the Miss St game and besides seeing the Eagle fly in the stadium, which is truly amazing, what amazed me even more is that 22 minutes before kickoff there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. This is what we need Saturday night. Get there early and be loud!

I also like our chances against ND for two reasons. First, our corners allow for one more person in the box. If we stop the run and make them one dimensional, I really like our chances. The second and most importantly is they are not taking us seriously. Judging from Ziare’s comments at the beginning of the season, Russell’s comments over the weekend and tweets from Fuller, you get the sense they feel superior and don’t respect us. There will be nothing more gratifying than shutting them down. The offense will take care of itself, but the defense will win the game in the one.



I think Auburn's student section is a first come first serve situation, and their fans do arrive early. I agree that stopping the run is job number one. If Notre Dame is successful on the ground, it could be a long night. I don't put too much stock into pre-game comments. I don't care about what any coach or player says. All of that goes away when the ball is kicked off.


A debate about how big and important this week's game with Notre Dame is compared to other games this year is only relevant if Clemson wins. If Clemson is to have a chance to make the playoffs there is no option but to beat Notre Dame. Let's face the harsh reality that at some point we have to win the big game on the big stage, at some point Lee Corso has to put on a Tiger head, we have to not lose ground in the polls by winning or not playing, and we should know from last year that an ACC team with a loss has zero chance of being in the playoffs.

Yes a loss to The Irish would not keep Clemson from winning the ACC or from beating South Carolina but I respectfully believe that any chance of having hopes of making the playoffs absolutely depend 100% on beating Notre Dame and for me that makes the game the most important game this year. Let's hope a win Saturday will keep the conversation alive next week on how big the Georgia Tech game is.



The ultimate goal is the college football playoff but is Clemson a playoff team? I hope so, but I don't know if this team is elite. I think the program is headed in that direction, but I am not sure if Clemson is elite yet. A win this week would be another huge step in that direction, but the season is not lost by not making the playoffs. To me the goal every year is to beat South Carolina and win the ACC. In those magical years maybe we can make the playoffs.

Hey Mickey,

This isn't as much of a question as it is a shout out to whomever is running the multimedia and social media team for @ClemsonFB. Over the past year I have seen a dramatic change in the quality and polish of the videos that are being published on a weekly basis. Whether they are hype videos or behind the scenes stories of the program - as a fan it pulls you in and makes your passion that much stronger. I've even seen casual Gamecock fans appreciate the culture we are building as a program from these videos. I'm sure recruits see it as well.

Anyway, I thought that these folks deserved some credit for their contribution to our university.



I agree that the staff in the multi-media productions has done an amazing job. I love what they have been able to do. This is becoming more important in the world of recruiting too. They deserve a lot of credit.


Dabo says that DW played well against Louisville, but my eyes and some articles I've read tell me otherwise.

How can Clemson score so few points and call it a good outing, when Louisville's defense is just ok? The defense should not have had to win the game for Clemson.

What say you on this topic?



I think he made two bad reads on the two interceptions. Neither ball should have been thrown. He also missed Leggett on a third down pass that would have sealed the game. But 21 of 30 for 199 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions was not a bad game. I guess it shows how high our expectations are for Watson. I don think Louisville is talented on defense. They have at least one NFL prospect at all three levels.


Did you know that the wide receivers at the University of Tennessee (Wide Receiver University) caught 2 passes for 7 yards in last week's loss to Florida?



Wow! I watched the game and at no point in time would anyone confuse Tennessee with Wide Receiver U. Saturday was another example of this.

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