Friday Email Bag
|Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:03 PM- -|
Friday Email Bag
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If anyone thought the win Saturday night against Georgia Tech, in such a dominating fashion, was not huge, the Playoff Rankings say it was. The Committees for both football and basketball talk about "the body of work" but after the bad loss at Syracuse, the response against Ga. Tech was a must. This week is an even bigger game now not only because there will be a comparison to NC State playing Notre Dame last week but because a loss knocks the Tigers out of any chance to win the Division and therefore out of the Playoffs.
Dabo is right about State being a good team with 17 of 22 starters Juniors, Seniors or Grads and we all know how tough it is to play up there. The danger is for anyone to think that a team that loses to South Carolina cannot be good but it only takes a quick look at the stats of that game to see that NC State gained twice as many yards as the Chicks and lost because of a kick return. There may be some who do not believe Notre Dame is for real but don't buy that. Last week was huge, this week is gigantic and NC State is good.
I agree. The South Carolina game was a fluke. If they played today State would be a touchdown favorite again. Injuries and a pick six were big factors last week. State will be sky high tomorrow and it will be a tough place to play. This is the Atlantic Division title game. My hope is that Clemson is built for games like this in November.
What happens if we lose Saturday? How much of a meltdown will it be? How much does it affect the rest of the season? How much does it affect the program? Thanks.
A loss means Clemson doesn’t win the Atlantic Division. It means no ACC title and no CFB Playoff. The Tigers could still go 11-2 and win a New Year’s Day Six Bowl game and finish in the top 5-8 in the country. That is not what everyone wants at this time and not what I think will happen. However, it wouldn’t have any huge long term affects on the program. This program is built to last. This is not the first chance at division titles, conference titles, playoff games and national titles and it won’t be the last. Fans will always have a meltdown after every loss. That won’t change. But the staff wouldn’t be fazed or deterred from the big picture. You can’t win it every year. Not even Alabama can win it every year. But the goal is to be consistent and put yourself in position year in and year out. If you can do that then the program is in good shape. Maybe this is NC State’s special year. Maybe they are better than Clemson and play better than the Tigers Saturday. I don’t think either of those are the case, but if it is then tip your hat and try to finish strong and build for 2018.
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