I’m sure some people are wondering why the Tigers would have a game at all against an FCS opponent, and why they would have one in the SEC.
As we’ve previously written, Clemson’s football schedule is a complete mess, and that’s because the Tigers are a poor FBS team.
They’re the third worst team in the country, and their opponents have been a total mess as well.
And it gets worse.
There’s the issue of the Tigers not being able to field a single player who is eligible to play for the Tigers, and the team’s inability to field any offensive linemen.
It’s a problem because they’re not a good offensive team.
Their quarterback is a redshirt sophomore who was projected to be a top five pick by most analysts last year.
His running back, the team leader in rushing yards per game last year, is the only player in the nation to have been named the Heisman Trophy winner.
The offensive line is a disaster.
Its been atrocious this year, and if you take a look at Clemson’s offensive line grades by position, the line has been awful.
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback, was rated as the fourth best offensive lineman in the entire country.
Kendall Fuller, the right tackle, was the worst, as he had the second worst grade.
CJ Robinson, the center, was ranked the fifth worst offensive lineman.
So you might think that Clemson’s quarterback has been great this year because of his talent, but that is a massive lie.
This is what happens when you allow a quarterback to be talented, but not good enough.
Watson was the top rated QB in the FBS, but he wasn’t good enough to be able to throw to his true freshman, Treon Harris, in the game against Clemson.
When Watson was a freshman, Harris threw for 4,844 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
Harris was a junior when Watson was drafted.
In his senior year, Harris was the third most prolific quarterback in college football, throwing for 437 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.
That’s bad enough.
But when Watson wasn’t a freshman this year and Harris was a sophomore, the Tigers offense had no weapons.
Clemson’s offensive coordinator, Matt Campbell, was fired after just one year, after just two seasons.
Campbell was a first-year head coach who was hired by Clemson in December of 2017, and his only offense that had any success was Clemson’s offense that the Tigers run.
That offensive system was horrible.
With that being said, Clemson is a good team.
They have the talent, they have the coach, and they have a solid defensive line that has had some good games.
But that offensive line, with no quarterback, and no offensive line that is as bad as the Tigers have, is going to be terrible against a very good defensive team.
So what is the solution?
It seems simple, but Clemson’s defense needs to be better.
Cam Newton, the reigning Heisman winner, is coming off of a disappointing season.
Newton is not a great quarterback, but Newton was the best quarterback in the ACC last year with a passer rating of 137.5.
He completed 66.4 percent of his passes and threw for 5,921 yards and 14 touchdowns.
If the Tigers can replace Newton’s arm, the defense will have some problems.
Last year, Clemson had a really good defense.
Their secondary was excellent, with the Tigers having two top-10 graded cornerbacks in the conference.
For the year, the defensive line ranked 12th, and defensive tackles ranked 16th.
What’s going on here?
There are a lot of things going on.
One, the ACC is still a really big conference, and it is difficult to predict who is going in and who is not.
Two, Clemson plays the defending national champion Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday.
Three, Clemson will play Georgia Tech again.
Four, Georgia Tech won the SEC East last year and lost in the national championship game.
Five, the Bulldogs are very good, but their quarterback is Josh Dobbs.
Six, Dobbs is a very talented quarterback, with a lot to learn.
Seven, DobBS has a great defense, but his defense is really bad.
Eight, Dobbin is the best offensive line in the land, but the Tigers pass rush is atrocious.
Nine, Clemson doesn’t have a quarterback who can run.