SI talks about Clemson's "Shock the World tour"


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• No. 8 Clemson (5-0): The Tigers' third consecutive win over a ranked foe was their most resounding yet, a 23-3 road rout of 11th-ranked Virginia Tech in which the defense overwhelmed Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas behind a dominant effort from defensive end Andre BranchAndre Branch
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(three sacks and a forced fumble).

Clemson has been a poster boy for inconsistency for years, but beating three ranked foes in a row requires a universal degree of self-confidence we simply haven't seen from the Tigers in the past.

"Coach [Dabo] Swinney calls it the 'Shock the World tour,'" said quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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, who expectedly cooled down against Virginia Tech's defense but threw a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
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. "We really feel like we believe in what we can do."

Clemson is quite clearly the ACC favorite now. One could argue for fellow 5-0 surprise team Georgia Tech, with its powerful option offense. But the Jackets, who beat NC State 45-35 on Saturday, haven't put on a defensive display like the Tigers did Saturday. The two meet Oct. 29 in Atlanta, and they could meet again in Charlotte in December.

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