TigerNet Talk #93: It Still Stings

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In what has to be one of the tightest series in the country over the past 15 years, Clemson and Georgia Tech get together in Death Valley. A rematch of the ACC Championship Game has been circled on schedules around the south all summer long. The sting from losing the title game to Georgia Tech last year hasn't worn off for most of the Clemson faithful. If you've forgotten, think Orange Bowl vs. Music City Bowl.

Since Clemson and Georgia Tech have matched up well in the past, I've never been shocked by the close outcomes that have occurred. Even this year, many would predict the final score being under a seven point margin, some might even venture to the three point spread. The problem is, no one can tell you who will come out on top. It always seems to be a toss up.

I'd normally lean towards Clemson based on home field advantage, but the offense that Georgia Tech runs can limit crowd noise. In fact, their long runs can take fans out of a game in a hurry. Those big plays, that they so often hit on, in the running game are back breakers. They can knock the wind out of the most loyal fans sails in a hurry. Add to that the confusion that begins to mount on the defensive side of the ball and the triple option can be deadly.

If the Yellow Jackets strike early with a big play or a sustained drive, I will be anxious to see how Clemson responds. Not only the team, but this fan base. There still seems to be some tension among those in attendance last week. Plus, the 31-7 win looks good in the papers, but a closer look at the stats tells a different story.

Coach Dabo Swinney is 0-3 against Georgia Tech since assuming his role at Clemson and a win against the Yellow Jackets would keep Clemson in the mix in the Atlantic Division. Another Clemson loss and any hopes of another run at the ACC Championship Game is history. There is no room for error as Florida State has been playing good football over the past few weekends. The odds of the Seminoles finding a bunch of conference losses looks slim.

I'm hoping that the Tigers defense can step up to the challenge this weekend. Forcing Georgia Tech to play behind the sticks will be a daunting task, if Clemson can achieve that goal it would be just what the doctor ordered.

Season Predictions

El Swann - 4-2

Xbox - 4-2

El Swann / Actual Score

Week #1 Clemson 35-14 / Clemson 35-10

Week #2 Clemson 49-6 / Clemson 58-21

Week #3 Auburn 27-24 / Auburn 27-24

Week #4 Clemson 24-17 / Miami 30-21

Week #5 Clemson 27-14 / UNC 21-16

Week #6 Clemson 27-17 / Clemson 31-7

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