|Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 9:32 AM- -|
Clemson is in the midst of a championship run this season and has high hopes to win several titles this season. The Atlantic Division, the state championship, the ACC championship and even a national title are still on the table after a 7-0 start.
Football seasons are long, and a championship team requires several key aspects. Here a few ingredients to a championship team:
This is the most important aspect. It isn't enough to just have talent, but talent is the most crucial component for a title team. It is my belief that Clemson is talented enough to win all four titles still in play.
Injuries are a major part of the game as Clemson found out last year when Deshaun Watson went down. You have to build depth, and I think this team has enough depth to win all four titles. When Mike Williams went down, the receiving corps took a big hit, but others have stepped up. When Ryan Norton went down, the Tigers may have gotten better with Jay Guillermo. When DJ Reader and Ammon Lakip missed time, Scott Pagano, Christian Wilkins, Rod Byers, Jabril Robinson and Greg Huegel have been there to play as good, if not better. When Korrin Wiggins went down, Travis Blanks and Dorian O'Daniel were there and haven't missed a beat.
This is a critical component to a title. You have to be balanced on offense and defense to win a title. If you are not balanced on offense, teams have a better chance of shutting you down. There are examples of teams that have only one aspect of the offense that have won titles recently, but it is much more difficult to do so.
The past two weeks Clemson has been as balanced as any team in the country. In the Boston College game, the Tigers passed for 420 yards. In the Miami game, they ran for 416 yards. Being this balanced on offense makes it so much more difficult to defend and to prepare for.
Balance on defense isn't talked about as much, but it is just as important. Limiting your weaknesses is an important part of a long season. As the season continues it is easy to identify weaknesses, but if you can limit those weaknesses, it makes it easier to defend. In other words, you can't be terrible against the pass or terrible against the run and expect to win a title.
Clemson's defense is talented at all three levels, and the Tigers don't have a glaring weakness against the pass or the run on defense.
If Dabo Swinney has done anything at Clemson, he has improved the focus. Clemson doesn't look ahead or look back. This staff does a great job of keeping the players dialed in to whatever the next opponent brings to the table. This starts with the process of winning every day and competing every day. You can't win November games in September. You can only prepare every day for the next game. Dabo has been phenomenal at preparing his team every week.
Clemson plays its best football when it has a chip on its shoulder. We saw that in the LSU and Ohio State bowl games. We have seen it again several times this year. This team seems to thrive on the doubters. The best thing to happen to this team every week is finding a naysayer and run with the mentality of how bad they are being disrespected.
This is the one thing we don't know and can't predict. How will the ball bounce? Will weather be a factor? Will a bad call by an official be a factor? Turnovers can always occur. Luck is a factor that no one can predict.
The Brad Hughes All-State Insurance Agency
|src="https://www.tigernet.com/img/ads/plyler/allstate_logo.gif" border=0> border=0>|
The prayer list is a medium for our community to recognize those that are in need. If you would like to add someone to the list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know when it is appropriate to remove a person off the list.
Those who need our prayers include: Jo Ann Bachman, Kenneth Bryant, Pruitt Martin, Got Igers and his family, David Rowland, Leonard, Gillespie and his family, Jim S., Daniel Rosborough, the Huffman family, Nancy Winkler, John Reeve, Vinnie Brock, Kaitlyn L., Susan Miller, Joyce Harley, Steve Proveaux, Jeffrey Greene, the Hutto family, Sherl Drawdy, Caleb Kennedy, Teresa O'Connor, Matt Jacobs, Perrin Seigler, Candee Massee, Lindsey Jordan, Sam Catoe, Tyler Felch, the Nicolopulos family, "the Jacksonville, FL guys," Kim Sims, the Coyle family, Ryleigh Tedder, Steve Lee, Kelly Trakas, Jimmy Moore, the Thomas V. family, Emary Claire Young, Kitty Bowers, Julie Locke, the Scheider family, Lauren Kittles' family, Frank Gentry, Stacey McKeown, Dale Childs, Larry Lentz, Jr., Carl Sharperson, Scott Hannon, William Perry, Tyler Swaney, Lillian, Mark Feit, David Frame, the family of Matthew M. Watson, the Dowis family, Alan Putnam, the Olivers, Lee Tate, Ronnie Abrams, Eddie Greene, the Jackson family, Bill Vader, Jim Taylor, Tina DeWitt, Rock Horne, Bobby Wayne Thomas, Emma and Danielle Carothers, Robert Ditty, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Smith, Millie Heatley, Lynn Martin and family, Michael Pinson, Jake David family, Angie Crowley, Ira, Mike Tolson, Poly Wells, Dr. Muriel Bishop, Jack Cunningham, Emily Jefford Meister, Aaron Clackum, Pat James, Cortney Moore, William Moore, Angelia and Savannah Anderson, Scott Johns, Frank Carroll, Brandon Thompson, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders, Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Jonathan and Jacki Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack Cunningham, Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon Kirkland and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Dick Baird, Richard Bagnal, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Josh Cox, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Jackson Lindsey, Cathy Hutson Gregg, Kristin Heckman, Jennifer Johnson, Jay Johnson, Lyndsie Johnson, Emily Davis, Hayes Davis, Judy Towe, Johnny Towe, Ken Brown, Elaine Brown, Rhonda Thompson, Tim Davis, Jacob Greinke, Jack Finley, Richard and Clara Crawford, Zach and Griffin Johnson, Israel, Frankie Allen, Bobby Allen, the Wessinger family, the Parsons family, Todd Price and family, Rosemary A Flynn, Dr. Mickey Shealy family, Mr. Gillespie, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Patrick DeStefano, Robert Summerville, Wendell Harrington, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Drew Moyer, Kevin Anderson, Lyn Price, John Robert Smith, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Lena Wright, Donna Springs, Elizabeth Bruner, Bobbi Simpson, Hammond Family, Elaine G. Duvall, Addison Grace, Bennie Cunningham, Kevin Orcutt, Alan Finley, Keith Wells, Steve Byrd, Jessica Hernandez, Wayne Mullins, Rita Alexander, Tony Osterman, family and friends of Gary Cooper, Tonya Gibson, Mary Carmen Harman, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.