Tigers Will Face Colorado
After nearly two weeks worth of speculation, Clemson officially received an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida versus Colorado. The Tigers knew their hopes of going to the Peach Bowl were finished when Florida State won the ACC Championship Saturday night over Virginia Tech.
The Champs Sports Bowl presents a good opportunity for Clemson. The Tigers face the Big 12 North Champion in Colorado.
The two teams come into the game on two completely different ends of the spectrum. The Tigers have won five of their last six games, including two wins over ranked opponents. Colorado has been outscored 100-6 their last two games. The Buffaloes were clearly overmatched by Texas, but they suffered an embarrassing 30-3 loss at home to Nebraska.
Despite the difference in momentum, both teams need time to lick their wounds. Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt took a beating on Saturday against Texas that would remind Clemson fans of the last time they were in the Tangerine Bowl against Texas Tech. Speaking of Charlie Whitehurst, he needs at least two weeks to recover from the arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.
Whitehurst’s shoulder may have healed without surgery, but while this may hurt Whitehurst on a little preparation, he should be 100% come December 27th. Whitehurst has played brilliantly the second half of the season, when he has had time to rest his shoulder.
The two teams will have a chance to get healthy, and it should be an exciting match up in Orlando.