2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Clemson made it look like it never took a break.
It’s one thing for Oklahoma or Texas to rip through a paycheck game to get all the kinks worked out, and it’s another to get through a rough offseason of opt-outs, medical issues, social justice debates, and a few in-house problems to play every bit like the No. 1 team on the road in a conference game.
Clemson didn’t have a tune-up – that comes against The Citadel this week. It started its season off against a Wake Forest team that has enough talent to be a problem for just about anyone and everyone else on the schedule.
The Tigers showed up and went into halftime with the least-surprising 27-0 lead ever.
Trevor Lawrence was in total command, the lines were solid, and the playmakers and skill on both sides were on display. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but there wasn’t any drama with the game over around 13 minutes in.
In a year when teams are trying to get everyone focused, in shape, and in tune, 561 yards and a yawner of a 37-13 win shouldn’t be taken for granted.