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Clemson welcomes national expectations

Clemson welcomes national expectations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nick Saban points to Clemson as his preseason pick for the No. 1 team in the nation.Sure, the crusty Alabama head coach is trying to deflect attention from his defending national championship team, but he named Clemson – not Florida State, Oklahoma, or...

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Clemson returns prolific Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson. The Tigers junior quarterback compiled 1,105 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns along with 4,104 passing and 35 TDs.Not a bad starting point to begin 2016 for last year’s ACC champions and national runner-up to...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...

Alabama NFL talent advantage not as large as perceived

Alabama NFL talent advantage not as large as perceived

One perception heading into the College Football Playoff National Championship is that the game breaks down to a match up between Clemson quarterback extraordinaire Deshaun Watson against the Alabama’s NFL talent.But that’s only partially true. ... Click here for the...

Tigers put to end Clemsoning label

Tigers put to end Clemsoning label

Clemson’s season-long battle to put to rest the “Clemsoning” label meets the one opponent that makes the Tigers “Clemsoning-proof.” The Alabama Death Star is supposed to win.Clemson can’t be accused of letting opportunity slip away in a loss to the Crimson Tide in the College...

Gallman invaluable to Clemson success

Gallman invaluable to Clemson success

We all recognize that Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s running ability might be the difference against Alabama’s suffocating defense in the national championship game on Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz.What many fans may not understand, though, is the importance of running back...

No Heisman candidate carried his team further than Watson

No Heisman candidate carried his team further than Watson

A year ago, unranked North Carolina offered the opposition for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s coming out party with 479 yards passing and five touchdowns. He was labeled a future Heisman Trophy candidate.A year later as a sophomore, North Carolina was again the competition...

Clemson and Swinney still fighting Clemsoning label

Clemson and Swinney still fighting Clemsoning label

Winning reputations require consistency. Harder to shed, even while piling up victories, are labels. Just ask Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney.Dabo’s No. 1-ranked Tigers have met every challenge inside and outside the ACC with a 12-0 record, but the “Clemsonsing” cloud still...

South Carolina makes Clemson work to maintain stature

South Carolina makes Clemson work to maintain stature

Rivalry football in college is alive and well in the state of South Carolina, but Clemson and quarterback Deshaun Watson may pay for it.The Tigers remained unbeaten and no doubt among the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, if not No. 1 when Tuesday’s updated...

Clemson can mention national title above whisper

Clemson can mention national title above whisper

The victories Clemson continues to ring up this year are sounding like 1981. It may be safe now to talk about a national title season above a nervous whisper.As any Clemson fan knows, there has been no season like 1981 in the South Carolina school’s history. That was the year the...