12/29: Quick Reaction: Clemson Clobbers ND in Cotton Bowl 30-3

Dallas, TX – The phrase “a game of two halves” is commonly said, but the Cotton Bowl was a game of two quarters. 

The first quarter was a defensive slugfest – neither team could take control despite the numerous opportunities. Clelin Ferrell’s early tackle, forced fumble, and fumble recovery of Ian Book near midfield was the first big play of the game. 

Clemson scored three points off the turnover (40-yd Huegel field goal), and Notre Dame responded by marching to the nine-yard line before settling for a 28-yard Justin Yoon field goal. 

Derion Kendrick returned Yoon’s subsequent kickoff to the fifteen-yard line, where he fumbled the ball. The original ruling was that Notre Dame recovered the ball, but the booth and the big screen in “Jerry’s World” overturned the call and stated that the fumble was out of bounds before Notre Dame recovered the football. 

The call was made by the thinnest of margins – no one knows if it was indisputably out of bounds or not. It was the first in a series of lucky events for the Tigers. Notre Dame suffered various injuries on defense, 

With star cornerback Julian Love absent, Lawrence threw a 52-yard sideline touchdown to fellow freshman Justyn Ross early in the second quarter. The extra point was blocked, and the score was an easily surmountable 9-3 lead for Clemson. When the Tigers next drive ended in a missed 49-yard field goal by Greg Huegel, questions still lingered. 

Clemson’s defense held on long enough to let the offense gain momentum, or Notre Dame buckled under the weight of injuries. Either way you spin it, Trevor Lawrence took control of the game, erased the questions, and never looked back. 

Notre Dame was exposed in the middle of the field by Lawrence’s second touchdown throw to Ross – a 42-yard throw to put Clemson up 16-3 with less than two minutes in the half.

Despite the star power of Lawrence and the passing attack, the ferocious Tiger defense kept Notre Dame in check throughout the first half. For one last time, they stymied the Irish’s scoring hopes and gave Clemson 48 seconds to score. 

When Renfrow’s 32-yard catch had a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty attached to it, the Tigers took their final time-out. They had nineteen yards and nine seconds to work with. 

Tee Higgins dropped a wide open touchdown pass earlier in the game, but he redeemed himself with an incredible catch of a spinning tipped ball in the back of the end zone. 

What was a 9-3 lead with 4:56 left in the first half was now a 23-3 lead entering halftime. Originally a slugfest, the Cotton Bowl was close to becoming a blowout. 

The third quarter was similar to the first – the main difference was the scoreboard. 

The first four drives of the half were fruitless, as Clemson couldn’t extend their lead and Ian Book couldn’t put the offense on his shoulders and come back from the deficit. 

As Notre Dame neared the red zone, Ian Book’s third-and-22 pass was snatched by Nolan Turner, with the sideline erupting for the lightly recruited safety. Three plays later, Etienne broke Wayne Gallman’s Clemson single-season rushing record with a 62-yard rushing touchdown to give Clemson a 30-3 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter.

In an odd and controversial occurance on the last play of the third quarter, Isaiah Simmons’ strip and scoop for a touchdown was ruled ineligible for review because it was labeled forward progress. While the outcome of the game was virtually decided, it was an interesting sequence of events that elicited cheers and boos throughout the stadium.

The fourth quarter was mostly uneventful as the Tigers finished the last fifteen minutes of football to ensure that they would play in the national championship for the third time in four years. 

12/29: Cotton Bowl Halftime Report

Score: Clemson 23 Notre Dame 3

Key Events:

Derion Kendrick’s kickoff return was initially ruled a fumble inside the ten, but it was overturned by a sliver (out of bounds) and thus Notre Dame lost a chance to make a 3-3 tie a 10-3 lead.

The game was a defensive slugfest until Julian Love left the game with an injury – Trevor Lawrence took advantage of his absence and threw a 52-yard touchdown to Justyn Ross, the first of three first-half touchdown throws. Clemson’s last touchdown with two seconds remaining may have been the dagger for the Irish.

Positives:

Trevor Lawrence has moved within the pocket well, evading defenders multiple times to fire off a pass. Justyn Ross has played exceptionally well as his current favorite target, with five catches, 137 yards, and two scores at the half.

Clemson’s defense held on while Clemson’s offense established a rhythm and built a lead – now the Tigers can play with their ears pinned back and even more aggressively.

Areas for Improvement:

Clemson’s pass protection is not doing Trevor Lawrence any favors. Despite his two scoring touchdowns, he has taken major hits that could impact his play in the second half.

The Tigers have made several poor plays on special teams: a barely overturned fumble on a kickoff return, a missed 49-yard field goal, a blocked extra point, and a punting average of 38 yards per punt make for a discouraging special teams performance.

What to Watch:

Clemson’s last touchdown with two seconds left in the half gave the Tigers a major boost into halftime. If Notre Dame wants to close the 20-point lead, they will need to have Julian Love and others healthy, and gain offensive momentum fast.

12/27: Cotton Bowl Preview

Unless Oklahoma wins the national championship, an undefeated team will win the national championship for the first time in the CFP’s five-year history. Furthermore, if Clemson or Alabama wins the champion will be the first 15-0 FBS National Champion. Two of the three undefeated teams will face off in the infamous stadium known as “Jerry’s World” as the Cotton Bowl hosts Clemson and Notre Dame. 

Each team has faced adversity throughout the year, but this will be each team’s toughest test. Notre Dame has the signature win against a highly ranked opponent that Clemson does not have – a 24-17 win against Michigan in the season opener. On the other hand, Clemson played an extra game when they defeated Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game.

To get the elephant out of the way – it is unlikely that Dexter Lawrence, Braden Galloway, or Zach Giella will play in the Cotton Bowl. Coach Swinney expressed his support for the trio as they tested positive for trace amounts of a banned substance likely found in dietary supplements (unmarked). Losing junior draft prospect Dexter Lawrence will hurt Clemson significantly in the Cotton Bowl, while losing current role players Giella and Galloway will hurt in 2019 as they will likely face a one-year suspension. While the suspensions are unfortunate, Clemson has depth at the defensive tackle position to handle the loss of Lawrence.

Both teams changed quarterbacks midstream from more run-centric players to more pass-centric players and subsequently transformed their offenses into complete threats. Both of senior quarterbacks lead their teams to signature wins (Notre Dame vs Michigan, Clemson at Texas A&M). Notre Dame’s junior Ian Book replaced Brandon Wimbush while Clemson’s true freshman Trevor Lawrence replaced Kelly Bryant. 

Notre Dame runs the ball slightly more than Clemson, and they tend to rely on one running back. Dexter Williams is Notre Dame’s starting running back, and he has averaged almost eighteen attempts per game in his eight games. Clemson utilizes more running backs than Notre Dame, as Etienne only carries the ball 13.5 times per game. 

 In the passing game, both teams are formidable but the storyline is flipped. Clemson passes more than Notre Dame and uses more receivers (eight WRs with ten or more catches), whereas Notre Dame relies on their three main wide receivers more often. What Notre Dame has that Clemson lacks is a true threat from the tight end in the passing game – Alize Mack has 34 catches on the year, which is almost double the seventeen catches Clemson’s tight ends have combined in 2018.

While both defensive and offensive lines for both teams are quality, Clemson holds the advantage in the trenches. Clemson’s incredibly deep defensive line will cause problems for any offensive line, especially one that is good but not elite like Notre Dame’s. 

The Irish have an excellent passing defense, but in order to take advantage of it they will have to make Trevor Lawrence uncomfortable in the pocket (see the first half of the Boston College game). While the Irish have two excellent defensive ends in Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem, it takes more than two linemen to generate a pass rush for sixty minutes. 

Notre Dame’s back seven is among the best in the nation, with Julian Love as an elite corner and Jerry Tillery as an elite linebacker. Their linebackers are capable of containing Clemson’s run game, and their secondary is a big reason why they boast an elite passing defense. This will be the Tigers’ toughest test on defense, as there is no weak link to exploit.

The pundits and bookies think that Clemson should win this game easily, and on paper it looks as if they should. Championship football is usually close though, and in that case special teams plays a vital role. The Tigers have been up and down on special teams this year, and they need an elite performance on special teams to win if the game is close.  

Oddshark’s projected score is Clemson 45.8 – Notre Dame 31, and Clemson is favored by 12.5 points. The over/under is 56.5, and sixty percent of the bets have been placed on the over. 

Prediction: Clemson 31 Notre Dame 17

Travis Etienne Sets Another School Touchdown Record in 55-10 Win Over N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. – Notified just before kick of the opportunity to clinch the Atlantic Division, No. 4/3 Clemson (10-0, 7-0 ACC) secured its spot in the ACC Championship Game with a 55-10 win at NC State (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday night. Clemson raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter behind two defensive takeaways and stretched the lead to 42-0 at half in cruising to an eighth-straight win over NC State.

The Tigers will represent the division in the ACC Championship Game, scheduled for Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Charlotte, for a fifth-straight season. It is the seventh time Clemson will represent the Atlantic Division, which sets an ACC record.  The Tigers increased the nation’s longest active win streak to 25.

Travis Etienne added three total touchdowns to bring his career total to 54, breaking C.J. Spiller’s record for career touchdowns (51). Etienne finished the game with 112 rushing yards on 14 attempts, and hauled in three receptions for 31 yards. With 50 career rushing touchdowns, Etienne is now tied with Louisville’s Lamar Jackson for second-most career rushing touchdowns in conference history.

Trevor Lawrence completed 20-of-27 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first Clemson quarterback to pass for three touchdowns in five consecutive games. The sophomore also rushed for a career-high 59 yards on eight attempts and found the end zone once on the ground to bring his season total touchdown responsibility to 30 (23 passing, 7 rushing). Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins each recorded 33-yard touchdown receptions. Offensive lineman John Simpson scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter, scoring on a one-yard handoff.

The Clemson defense forced four N.C. State turnovers. Xavier Thomas, Chad Smith and Tyler Davis all recorded fumble recoveries. The defense allowed 290 total yards and held the Wolfpack to 124 rushing yards.

Clemson will be back at Memorial Stadium next weekend Nov. 16 to take on Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

11/9: Furious First Quarter Secures 55-10 Win Over State, Division Title

Raleigh, NC – The Wolfpack’s fate was decided in fifteen furious minutes of destruction, as the orange-pant clad Tigers secured their fifth consecutive division title and their eighth consecutive Textile Bowl Victory.

 

The orange britches were a surprise – revealed when Wake Forest lost to Virginia Tech in pre-game warmups, meaning that Clemson could secure the division with a win.

 

It was a quarter of nightmares for NC State, as everything that could go wrong, went wrong.

 

Clemson’s first drive? Efficient. Only one of the nine plays was a ‘chunk’ play, and all nine plays went for positive yardage. Justyn Ross’ block led the way for Lawrence’s 7-yard rushing touchdown, which was followed by a Wolfpack three-and-out.

 

The second drive? Resilient, explosive. The antithesis of the first drive. Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance bookended the drive: a 28-yard open field scramble to open, and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins to close the drive.

 

Lowlights between the two plays were a Wolfpack time-out immediately following an injury/TV timeout, and a play where three NC State defenders were down on the field at once.

 

Just ten game-minutes into the game, the dam broke.

 

Freshman back Jordan Houston vs. veteran linebacker James Skalski. Skalski forced the fumble, and fellow linebacker Chad Smith recovered at the three-yard line. A second-and-four shovel pass to Etienne put the Tigers up 21-0.

 

Two solid Wolfpack rushes, two holding flags to ruin the momentum. Freshman quarterback Devin Leary drops back to pass, inexplicably dropping the ball. Tyler Davis recovers, and two plays later, Travis Etienne rushes 19 yards through arm tackles to score the Tigers’ fourth touchdown of the first quarter.

 

The terror of the first quarter subsided as fans trickled out of the stadium, as the Clemson onslaught eased up. Both teams exchanged scoreless, nine play drives as the second quarter wore on. After a State three and out, Clemson woke up again.

 

Etienne accounted for 64 of the 74 yards, but the gut punch was a jumbo-package one yard rushing score by offensive lineman John Simpson to break Clemson’s scoring drought with 4:30 left in the half.

 

Another three-and-out by the Wolfpack? Clemson responded with their sixth touchdown drive of the half, leaving less than a minute on the clock for State to respond.

 

A 41-yard Zonovan Knight rush and two Leary passes put the Wolfpack in scoring position and endangered Clemson’s shut out.  In a perfect summation of the game, Grant Gibson snapped the ball over Devin Leary’s head and Clemson recovered the ball, sealing the 42-0 halftime lead for the Tigers.

 

The second half was an inconsistent but inconsequential performance as the inevitable Clemson victory drew nigh.

 

Clemson’s shutout hopes were ruined yet again by a 53-yard Zonovan Knight rushing score to open the second half – a storyline worth watching as the season draws to a close.

 

Immediately after surrendering the shutout, Travis Etienne tied the ACC rushing touchdown record to cap off a long drive: 49-7.

 

Neither team scored until early in the fourth quarter, when Christopher Dunn scored a 46-yard field goal to cut the score to 49-10.

 

A Wolfpack muffed punt return in the waning minutes of the game sparked a fire in Clemson once again. The Tigers capitalized on a seven play, 23-yard drive capped off by a Michael Dukes touchdown with mere seconds left on the clock (LB James Skalski missed the PAT).

 

Clemson covered the spread, hit the over, kept NC State under 300 yards offensively, converted all three fourth downs, and had 549 total yards of offense as they clinched another trip to Charlotte.

 

The laptop “incident”. The ROY bus. The return of the ROY bus, fueled by Clemson’s fifth place ranking in the inaugural CFP Poll. Two teams ranked ahead of Clemson losing earlier in the day (Penn State, Alabama). The different stars all aligned for a first quarter for the history books, securing another win in the Championship phase.

 

11/9: Halftime Report: Clemson 42 NC State 0

Key Moments: Clemson scored two short touchdowns after Wolfpack turnovers within two minutes to extend the first quarter deficit to 28-0.

Strengths: Everything. The Tigers have 388 yards, while the Wolfpack only managed 38 yards on the half excluding the end-of-half scare (a 41-yard rush by Zonovan “Bam” Knight).

Areas for Improvement: None. Truly, none. This could be last year’s Louisville game – a game that might get Doeren fired. The one time NC State was in scoring position (at the end of the half), a muffed snap ruined the opportunity.

What to Watch For: aWill Coach Swinney decide to make a statement by ‘running up the score’ or will he follow the usual route of taking his foot off the pedal.

11/9: NC State Preview

Apologies for the late post – My father had hip replacement surgery this week. 

Overview: Clemson and NC State are among the youngest teams in the nation. The Tigers have played 48 total freshmen (most in the nation) while NC State is tied for second with 31 freshmen played. The similarities end there, as Clemson looks to make another run in the playoffs while NC State is fighting for bowl eligibility. NC State has lost three of their last four conference games, managing to scrape out a six point win against Syracuse at home a month ago.

Talent: Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison is ranked 95th on The Draft Network’s 2020 Prospect Big Board, and sophomore placekicker Christopher Dunn was a 2nd team all ACC selection last season. Most of the names that made NC State formidable in recent years are gone to the NFL.

Odds: Clemson is favored by 34 points against the Wolfpack, and the over/under is 53.5 points. ESPN’s FPI gives Clemson a 97.4% chance of defeating NC State.

William’s Take: This is not the NC State team that gave Clemson trouble two years ago or were darkhorse ACC contenders last year. This game is quite similar to Boston College in that the two squads have lost a ton of talent from last year, and the seasoned ACC coaches could be fired at the end of the year. Combine that with Clemson’s red-hot play through October and the anger at being ranked #5? Expect a statement game. Prediction: Clemson 66 NC State 10

Butkus Award Semifinalists Announced

The Butkus Foundation announced today that Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons has been named as one of 12 semifinalists for the collegiate Butkus Award. Additional information from the Butkus Foundation is attached and copied below.

CHICAGO – (November 4, 2019) – Semi-finalists for the 35th annual Butkus Award® honoring the nation’s best linebackers at the collegiate and high school levels were revealed today by the Butkus Foundation. The list includes 12 collegiate and 15 high school linebackers.

Butkus Award 2019 Collegiate Semi-Finalists and College

Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Zack Baun, Wisconsin
Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
Tae Crowder, Georgia
Jordan Glasgow, Michigan
Jake Hansen, Illinois
Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Micah Parsons, Penn State
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Evan Weaver, California
Logan Wilson, Wyoming

The committee noted three probable semi-finalists had their season not been interrupted due to injury; Dylan Moses of Alabama, Markus Bailey of Purdue and Cale Garrett of Missouri.

Selection is handled by a panel of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and journalists who vote separately and confidentially using a 3-2-1 process, with a write-in option offered. Selectors and selection criteria are posted at www.thebutkusaward.com.

Finalists in both divisions will be announced November 25, and winners will be announced on or before December 10. The pro winner will be announced in early 2019.

The 2018 Butkus Award winners:

Professional: Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
Collegiate: Devin White, LSU (now Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
High School: Nakobe Dean, Horn Lake, Miss. (now Georgia)

The Butkus Award® is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization which advances health and wellness through special initiatives. This includes the I Play Clean® program encouraging athletes to play using their natural ability, and the Butkus Takes Heart™  program encouraging preventive heart scans and screening among adults.

The Butkus Award a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. NCFAA’s 25 awards have honored more than 800 since 1935.

ACC Announces Football Game Times & Networks for November 16

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the following football game times and networks for the week of Nov. 16.

 

Thursday, Nov. 14

North Carolina at Pitt, 8 p.m., ESPN – previously announced

 

Saturday, Nov. 16

Alabama State at Florida State, Noon, RSN

Wake Forest at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN – network designation after the games of Nov. 9

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., RSN

Syracuse at Duke, 4 p.m., ACCN

Louisville at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ACCN

 

Open Dates: Boston College, Miami, Virginia

 

All times are Eastern.

Travis Etienne Sets School Rushing Touchdown Record In 59-14 Win Over Wofford

CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind a career-best 212 rushing yards from Travis Etienne, No. 4/3 Clemson extended its nation best 24-game win streak, defeating Wofford 59-14 at Memorial Stadium on Military Appreciation Day. The 59 points marked the first time in program history the Tigers (9-0, 6-0 ACC) have scored 45 points or more in four straight games. The win also extended Clemson’s winning streak at home to 21 games, tying the school record.

Travis Etienne broke James Davis’ (47,2005-08) school rushing touchdowns record in the second quarter on an 86-yard touchdown. Etienne’s 212 yards came on just eight attempts. Etienne crossed the 1,000-yard mark on the season in just nine games, tying Terrence Flagler’s for fewest games to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

Trevor Lawrence threw for three touchdowns and 218 yards in the win. Lawrence completed 12-16 passes and rushed for 33 yards on four attempts. Amari Rodgers caught his fourth touchdown of the season, a 35-yard strike in the first quarter. Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins also added receiving touchdowns in the contest.

Isaiah Simmons recorded his first interception of the season. He picked off Wofford quarterback Joe Newman in the second quarter. K’Von Wallace tallied nine total tackles, while Jake Venables accounted for five solo tackles, three and a half of them being for a loss.

Clemson will travel to Raleigh, N.C. next Saturday Nov. 9 to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

11/2: Clemson Honors Military, Defeats Wofford 59-14

Clemson, SC – It wasn’t a fair fight from the opening kickoff of Clemson’s 59-14 win over the in-state Wofford Terriers on a beautiful military appreciation day.

 

FCS programs have good players and coaching staffs – they were just a tad undersized, a shade slower, or bloomed a year later than their average FBS counterparts. Oftentimes, the FCS program can hang around for the first half before the FBS program’s depth takes over.

 

Wofford is an excellent FCS program, vying for an at-large bid in the FCS playoffs. But what happens when the FBS program is the best in the country, has at least a dozen NFL players, is hitting their red-hot streak in November, and is mentally focused on the upcoming game? You just witnessed it.

 

It was exactly 120 (game) seconds from the opening kickoff to the Tigers’ opening score – a 35 yard pass from Lawrence to Amari Rodgers. Next up? A 19-yard rushing touchdown by Lyn-J Dixon.

 

The third Tiger drive consisted of two plays – a 34-yard rush and a 47 yard run for a touchdown by Travis Etienne. One stalled drive later, and Clemson had a 21-0 lead to end the first quarter.

 

First play of the second quarter? 86-yard rush by none other than Travis Etienne to go up 28-0 and to break James Davis’ Clemson career rushing touchdown record of 48. He would finish with 212 yards and two scores on only ninetouches.

 

Tee Higgins found an open zone in the middle of the field near the end zone and Lawrence delivered the 22-yard touchdown strike for Clemson’s fifth touchdown.

 

Isaiah Simmons’ interception of Joe Newman set up the Tigers last scoring drive of the half, a 12-yard march that ended with a 2-yard Trevor Lawrence scramble to go up 42-0.

 

After Wofford’s three-and-out to open the second half, Lawrence and company embarked on one last touchdown drive for the day. Justyn Ross’s second effort at the end of his 34-yard catch pushed him to the end zone for the Tigers’ seventh touchdown. Ross’ mother serves in the National Guard and has been deployed throughout his childhood.

 

Much to Venables’ disappointment, the Tigers wouldn’t earn a coveted shut-out as a mixture of first and second stringers surrendered a steady seven play, 65-yard touchdown drive capped by a 20-yard Ryan Lovelace rush to put the Terriers on the scoreboard.

 

Chase Brice engineered the next Tiger scoring drive, with Chez Mellusi, Cornell Powell, Will Swinney, and Darien Rencher being the focal points of the offense on the Tigers’ eighth touchdown drive of the day.

 

Run a shake and go route, beat your man, find the soft spot in the middle of the field, and run 79-yards to pay-dirt. It wasn’t Clemson, but instead Wofford’s D’Mauriae VanCleave who caught Joe Newman’s pass to cut their deficit to 56-14 for the last score of the third quarter.

 

BT Potter missed his first 35-yard attempt before drilling another 35-yard attempt in the fourth quarter for the final points of the game. Clemson finished with 702 total yards of offense (11 yards per play), and over 400 yards rushing. The Tigers surrendered 256 total yards and an average of 4.7 yards per play.

 

Wofford is half a game behind in the SoCon standings (Furman is leading), while Clemson is the best team in the ACC and among the nation’s best. The first CFP poll will come out Tuesday night, marking the true start of the Championship Phase. The Tigers dispatched of Wofford without major injuries and looked excellent in the process – especially on offense.

11/2: Halftime Report: Clemson 42 Wofford 0

Strengths: Virtually everything. The offense looks precise and is running circles around the Wofford defense, and the Tigers defense has stifled the Terrier offense.

Areas for Improvement: It’s hard to say that this is a weakness, but the Tigers could stand to be more sound in their tackling and have benefitted from Wofford missing a couple of big play opportunities.

What to Watch For: How the newer players, backups, and walk ons play in extended action. This might be the week that Venables gets his coveted shutout – but the standard doesn’t change and it only takes one busted assignment to ruin a shutout.

11/1: Clemson Wofford Preview

Overview: The Terriers dropped their first two games before reeling off five straight victories to enter Death Valley at 5-2. Most of Wofford’s statistics aren’t relevant for this game as the mismatch is just too great. The Terriers are in their second year of the new regime after legendary coach Mike Ayers retired in 2017 after 29 years at Wofford. They still run the triple option, but they are more multiple than Georgia Tech was, and they operate out of the shotgun instead of the flexbone.

Talent: Wofford has no players on The Draft Network’s 2020 Prospect Big Board. Senior guard Justus Basinger was a coaches’ first team SoCon selection last year, and senior kicker-punter Luke Carter was a second team selection.

Oddshark: Clemson is favored by 46.5 points, and 71% of the bets are on the over. The over/under is 58, with 58% of bettors taking the over. Oddshark’s projected score is Clemson 63.4 Wofford 0.4.

William’s Take: Clemson should easily handle Wofford due to their strong form and talent differential. This isn’t a reflection on Wofford as a program, but more so the realities of Clemson’s stature in college football. Some FCS games are interesting in the first half before the powerhouse program pulls away in the second half (Clemson Wofford 2011 – Clemson escaped with a win), but there is only a slim chance of that tomorrow. Predicted Score: Clemson 69 Wofford 0