Clemson has something to prove on Sat.


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:


If you believe the lines that have been preached within Clemson’s program this season, there is an unwavering focus on the task at hand, despite the program’s highest-ever ranking in the BCS standings. As far as the remaining games go on Clemson’s schedule, none is bigger than this Saturday at Georgia Tech because of the history between the two teams. The last time Clemson started out 8-0, in 2000, the Tigers also beat North Carolina to reach that mark before losing to Georgia Tech the following week. This is a series in which 14 of the past 16 games have been decided by an average of only 4.6 points.

While Georgia Tech is the one coming off of back-to-back losses, Clemson is the team with something to prove on Saturday -- that it can avoid a trap it has fallen into in the past, and that the defense can play disciplined enough to be considered championship caliber. A win for Clemson and the comparisons between this team and the 1981 national champions will grow louder, as the program has not been 9-0 since that undefeated season. A loss and Clemson would look more like the 2009 team that lost to Georgia Tech twice, including in the ACC championship game.

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