Score: Clemson 31 Alabama 16
Tua Tagavolia has been intercepted twice – once for a pick six to start the game and the second was an overthrow (returned by Mullen 46 yards) that set up Clemson’s go-ahead touchdown drive.
Alabama missed their ninth extra point of the year after their second touchdown that could haunt them in a late game scenario.
Clemson has won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the football so far – the offensive line has held Quinnen Williams, and company in check while the defensive line has prevented Tua from executing at his usual level. Travis Etienne has scored three touchdowns.
Clemson’s secondary has only had one major mistake while posting two interceptions – they have fed off the front seven and contained the Tide’s impressive receiving corps.
Areas for Improvement:
Clemson has a significant lead over the Tide, but Saban and Swinney are excellent coaches that will make halftime adjustments. If the Tigers can respond to the adjustments while maintaining their lead and momentum, this game is Clemson’s to lose.
What to Watch:
Will Mike Locksley and Tua Tagavolia figure out a way to get back on track offensively and make Clemson’s defense pay for their aggressiveness – and how will Venables respond? Can Clemson’s offensive line continue to win at the line of scrimmage and expose Alabama’s defense?
Clemson took advantages of their chances in the first half, and Alabama missed their chances in the first half – will the same hold for the second half?