The Tigers hope to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday at Death Valley. Their opponent, N.C. State, needs to win its final three games to become bowl eligible. Should make for an interesting afternoon on the banks of Lake Hartwell, but a nightmare of a game to pick.
Because each team is displaying symptoms of having multiple personalities.
I could spend much of the next few paragraphs dissecting what those personalities are, why they have appeared, and how they have affected the outcome of recent games. But all that would serve to do is dredge up most of the things that have already been beaten to death this week.
Instead, after a couple of rough weeks, I began to search for a new strategy. Perhaps a different way to analyze Saturday's contest.
And when it was all said and done, all roads led back to the same answer:
I've kept her in the background all year, hoping I wouldn't need to get her involved in this aspect of my professional life again. But it has become clear that after a fast start I, like Clemson, have hit a rough stretch.
So, hoping to jump start my own offense again, I've decided to turn this week's pick over to the kid. She, by the way, just turned 11 on Thursday.
More importantly, she's 30-15 picking five games a week for me on my daily radio show.
So, I put the question to her. Kid, who's going to win.
Good enough for me. Hopefully good enough for the Clemson fans who have been clamoring for her return all season.
Clemson 27, N.C. State 17