Things I Want To See Saturday
|Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:21 AM- -|
Things I Want to See Saturday
I love Clemson football almost as much as I do anything on this earth. So here are some of the things I want to see Saturday:
Paul Johnson is 4-1 against Clemson. The Tigers have had a hard time slowing down Johnson's offense over the past five seasons. Clemson has lost three regular season games against Tech under Johnson with two being in Atlanta. Tech beat Clemson in Tampa at the ACC championship game in 2009 and the Yellow Jackets are 1-1 against the Tigers in Death Valley under Johnson.
Clemson's defense has had a hard time against this offense for several reasons. The Yellow Jackets have hit big plays in the running game and with a few passes in the last five meetings. Clemson has not tackled very well in the match ups. Tech has converted at a high rate on third and fourth downs against Clemson under Johnson so far. Finally, Tech has done a great job of blocking Clemson at the second and third levels. Clemson's linebackers and defensive backs have had a hard time getting off blocks by releasing offensive linemen and skill players at Tech.
This is new Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables' shot at Johnson and this offense. I think most Clemson fans understand Venables' hands are tied because of personnel but this game could really help Venables' reputation around Tigertown. If he could slow down this offense, he would be the first Clemson defensive coordinator to do so.Things I Want To See Saturday
Clemson's offense is off to a hot start through five games despite the team's best player missing three of the first five games. I missed Sammy when he was suspended for the first two games. I loved watching him contribute against Furman and Florida State and once again really missed him last week when he was ill against Boston College.
In the two games he has played, Watkins has been good but he has not been Superman. Like many of you, I am waiting to see Watkins bust out like he did against Auburn, Florida State or Maryland last season. His big game is coming. I am hoping it is this Saturday at 3:30.
A Home Game
Clemson has played seven of its last nine games away from Death Valley. During that stretch the Tigers have played in the state capitals of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia (twice). The Tigers have played in the banking capital of the South and two of the nation's largest markets in Miami and Boston.
It will be nice to see the Tigers return home for only the third time since
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This will be the first time Clemson has played a home conference game since the Wake Forest game last season. The Tigers have a nine game home winning streak entering Saturday's game.
A Big Game Atmosphere
Home games are great and I enjoyed the Ball State and Furman games this year but there is nothing like a big game in Death Valley. I can't wait for that "Big Game" feeling that should be present this week.
When Clemson beat Wake Forest to clinch the Atlantic Division last year, it had a big game feel but I really think you have to go back to the Florida State game on September 24th last season to remember a true atmosphere in that stadium. It has been over a year since we had a huge game here.
Georgia Tech has struggled and is only 2-3 at this point and 1-2 in the ACC. But Clemson and Georgia Tech is a rivalry and despite the Yellow Jackets slow start, I think Clemson will once again get Tech's best shot.
Dabo challenged the fans for a reason. He knows we have a big one Saturday.
What Nuke Hopkins has done this season is incredible. His numbers are fantastic but they don't tell the entire story. How many catches has Nuk had that resulted in a touchdown or a first down? How many have been tightroping the sidelines? How many have bailed out the offense? How many have helped eased the absence of
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