Topic: Is the TAM game a “must win”? Hear me out ....
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Is the TAM game a “must win”? Hear me out ....

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 11:06 AM

The SEC West is crushing it week 1 in OOC games:
Auburn over Washington
Bama over L’ville
LSU over Miami

Add in a TAM win over Clemson, and the SEC bandwagon will resemble an 18 wheeler rolling downhill. Might consider taking the bullets out of your guns so you don’t shoot your new 80” TV ... or at least have a millennial figure out how to block all ESPN networks.

Factor in the Notre Dame and the B1G love ... the ACC could be on the outside come December even with a 12-1 Clemson champion. Consider the scenario:
- TWO SEC teams
- B1G champion - won’t be left out two years in a row.
- One loss Notre Dame or Oklahoma. Need Va Tech to beat the Iriish.

Just win - play like it’s an orange britches game. That and it is a long season ....


Re: Is the TAM game a “must win”? Hear me out ....

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 11:10 AM

We could still make it with one loss to them at home, but don’t want to use up the mulligan this early

Re: Is the TAM game a “must win”? Hear me out ....

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 11:18 AM

I think it is a "must win" in the sense that losing the 2nd game of the year means you have almost no buffer to lose another game the rest of the season. Could a 2-loss ACC Champion still make the playoffs? They could, but now your fate is left in someone else's hands in terms of other team's records. So, if you want to maintain a realistic shot at the playoffs, getting this win remains really important and critical. A loss may not be a total deathblow this early in the season but it sure would be a major handicap to have to carry the rest of the year and a lot of added pressure to every remaining game.

Re: Is the TAM game a “must win”? Hear me out ....

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 2:50 PM

If Clemson wants to remain in the top five we must win Saturday’s game. A loss likely means crawling out of a hole with absolutely no room for error the rest of the year. In all honesty we need a bit of luck along the way period!

Because Miami and Louisville lost the ACC was hurt image wise. Clemson is now seen as well above our competition which lessens our quality wins accordingly. We need a strong showing to bolster our standing nationally.

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Yes, it is a must win

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 11:29 AM

And considering what they did to Permian High School, we need to be worried... very worried.

Seriously, I expect them to be better than last year, but Jimbo Fisher just doesn’t scare me. If we come out pi$$ed off and ready to hit people, I think we win by 3 touchdowns.

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Re: Yes, it is a must win

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 11:43 AM

I agree, must win. I'm sure the offense was just running a base plan with basic plays. Same for defense. Open up the playbook and different schemes, I look for us to win by 2 or 3 scores also.

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Must win

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 12:01 PM

This game and FSU are our season as far as the CFP is concerned. SEC looks very strong this year. I think they easily get two teams again. The ACC has gone in the opposite direction from what I’ve seen so far, so I don’t think we’d get a pass again with a loss unless other conf champs meltdown too. That’s the only scenario where I think we could recover from an early season loss and we’d have to dominate the remainder of the season.

Miami confirmed last night they wouldn’t add much to a resume with a win in the ACCCG. The ACC really needs to step up in football. I heard a guy say last night during the Miami game that we’ve left the conference behind and we’re out there all alone.


Posted: Sep 3, 2018 12:07 PM

Everybody wants to win it. But, we could lose it and still win out, win the ACC and get in the playoffs with no questions asked. We have 1 'get out of jail free' card, just like everybody else.

That said, Tigers 38 - Aggies 13.


I don’t think we stand a chance against

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 12:15 PM

a Washington team with a loss to Auburn on the road or an Ohio St or Wisc with a loss to any of their rivals. That conf won’t get left out again this year and you can bank on them taking two from the SEC again. That said I agree with you that we’re gonna get the W and make it a moot point.

Re: Nope.

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 1:39 PM

Agree with OP; it is a must-win.

Only 4 spots for 5 conference champs + ND, with the possibility they'll award 2 to SEC (especially if Bama is a 1-loss division runner up)? An ACC championship won't add to the résumé this year, our SoS is dependent on our two SEC foes playing up, and with the expectations already on this team, i think the ESPN heads are asking Dabo to hand over that "Get out of jail free" card.

I agree that we win this one handily, but we need to plan on dominating every game.

Re: Nope.

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 1:45 PM

Yep , maybe

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I had the same thought last night. Yes, its a must win.

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 12:24 PM

This is where conference perception comes into play.. SOS is determined by interconference play. If the ACC won all of its games, we may have a little wiggle room to make it up later. But after this weekend, I don't see the teams on our schedule to make up for a week 2 loss to TAM.

The conference doesn't matter folks always say it doesn't matter as long as Clemson takes care of its own business.. well here it is.


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Valid points ... IMHO they are all must wins

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 1:43 PM

Lots of season to go, but lots of media outside the ACC and southeast region who would rather see Clemson and Bama on the sidelines.

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Re: Valid points ... IMHO they are all must wins

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 3:16 PM

A loss to aTm may not sink us, but we would be very low in the water. We would have to win out and hope aTm finishes in the top 15. If we beat them, we confirm our place as the only superpower in the ACC.

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