Clemson rolled by Boston College 56-10. What does it all mean?
Clemson 56, Boston College 10: What does it all mean?
And that’s what you do coming off the Louisville game.
You don’t mess around with a dangerous defensive team on the road by hanging around. You don’t go conservative, you don’t panic when you go down 3-0 on a quirky Friday night game, and you don’t do anything but come out red-hot and make a game like this a no-doubter.
The Tigers ripped off 35 straight points – and a 21-3 first quarter lead – with Deshaun Watson throwing four touchdowns and Wayne Gallman running nine times for 109 yards and a score in an easy win as the team is playing exactly like it’s supposed to.
The defense had its issues against Louisville, but it slowed down the monster attack enough to get out alive, and it didn’t let the BC offense go anywhere with a passing game that averaged just four yards per throw before closing it out with a pick-six to put an exclamation point on the blowout.
The Eagles will have their day. They’ll come up with an ACC win again – watch out in two weeks, Syracuse – but they didn’t have the offensive pop or the talent to deal with a team that’s on yet another run to a possible College Football Playoff spot.
Can Florida State pull off the win over the Tigers on the road? No, especially if Clemson’s offense really is hitting its stride at the right time, and now at home with NC State, Syracuse and Pitt in a run of three home games in the next four weeks.
Unless the Tigers have a miserable night where they can’t stop turning the ball over, if they don’t lose to Florida State, they’re going to be 12-0. If they lose to Florida State, they’re going to be 11-1 and in the ACC Championship with a shot at the playoff.
They’re getting better as the season is going on, they’re playing like the team that many had pegged for the CFP before the season started, and they’re looking like a real, live national title team.
Yeah, it was just Boston College, but this year when teams are brain-cramping across the board, 56-10 still matters.