TigerNet Talk: The Games I Hate

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Listen, I love Clemson football. I eat, sleep, and breath it. Life without Clemson football Saturdays isn't something I'm willing to think about. That may not be the case for all of you, but for me weekends in the fall are life and death. I was raised on Clemson football, my family members have been attending Clemson for over 100 years. As much as I love each weekend in Death Valley it's games like this that I hate.

I've never once taken an opponent lightly, especially not one that has had our number in recent years. It did feel nice last weekend getting a win on the road at Boston College. Being able to shake a loss like the one we suffered in Tallahassee says a lot about this young Clemson team. But we still have considerable question marks.

Like most of you my initial reaction to what happened to Georgia Tech last weekend got me excited about our chances against the Yellow Jackets. But as I pondered that loss, and put the shoe on the other foot- I didn't feel as good about things.

You see losses like Georgia Tech had last weekend, coupled with some overtime losses in conference play can be crushing. Those types of losses can snatch the soul from a team. Those losses can also become a rallying point. I don't know how Georgia Tech will respond, but after being shell-shocked by Middle Tennessee State, I would imagine they will come out swinging.

As I said, these are the games I hate. The games I think we should win, know we are the better team, feel us building some momentum, but the competition is coming to play.

The games when I begin to feel like we are on track to exterminate the phrase, "Pulling a Clemson" seem to be the ones where we, well, "Pull a Clemson". It pains me to even use those words as I know we are much better than they indicate.

We can talk about changing the mentality at Clemson. We can talk about being "All In" and I'm more than invested. Unlike some, I think we are in an upward swing of Clemson football no matter what happens this weekend.

This upswing could in fact be one that returns us to the top of Atlantic Coast Conference and the national rankings on a yearly basis. We have seen vast offensive improvements in two years running Chad MorrisChad Morris
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' system. But we're still waiting on the returns on the defensive side of the ball.

I do fear there are still some bumps in the road and these are the games I hate.

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