As a team, the Tigers are rushing for 105 yards more a game than past year, causing their offensive EPA to tilt in favor of the running game by 10 points per game.
Since then, each of these unbeaten American Athletic Conference teams has knocked off a Power Five program to lend this matchup more intriguing.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney might just think anywhere is a “great place to go play a game” with this super-talented Clemson Tigers football team.
Second, the Hokies have the advantage of playing at home.
“Sometimes you have a bad night”, Swinney said. “Championship teams and good players don’t get distracted by those external factors”. “I don’t want to be rude to anybody, but it’s a system that he’s got so much success with and it presents so many challenges to you”. You have to have mental toughness.
Just before the show went on the air, Clevinger held a sign with the words, “Death Valley is a pain, and there’s no place like Lane”. “We’ve got to run our system”.
The offense had an off day with just seven points through the first three quarters, but the game never really felt as close as it was on the scoreboard. The Tigers travel on the road this weekend to Virginia Tech before traveling to North Carolina State and SC with a home game versus FSU allotted in between. The prime-time setting and televised platform on ESPN recall the height of the Frank Beamer era.
No. 2 Clemson travels to No. 12 Virginia Tech in an ACC showdown at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The Hokies acknowledge that the loss last December hurt more than most – they drove to the Tigers’ 23 late in the game, but quarterback Jerod Evans was intercepted on a fourth-down play – but they also say there’s no sense looking back. “Every game is another bite of the elephant”.
LINE HISTORY: This game opened with the road team favored by 6.5 points and was bet all the way up to 8 but appears to be settling at the key number 7. “You take a team to Louisville, early in the season, with a lot of new guys who haven’t played on the road and that’s a good experience”. We’ve had our noses blooded, we’ve had to respond to some adversity. “It hasn’t been all rosy”, Swinney said. Hopefully, we can be about the right things and the right way. We’re still growing, though.
The Tigers have already proved too strong for a pair of top-15 teams.
“We did that one time a number of years back, but that’s not really who we are”, Venables said.
If Swinney and the Tigers emerge victorious Saturday night, they will notch their 12 straight victory away from Death Valley.
“I’ve been here a number of times over the years”, Davis said. All I know is there is nothing we can’t do here at Clemson.
The front of Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant have Clemson atop the league rankings with 16 sacks through four games. (Before six years ago) there was about a 10 percent chance (on the outside). He can throw the ball a little bit, can use his feet.