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After game 1 are you drinking the Kool Aid? If not what are your concerns? What's your early adjusted post game one projections now?
I still see 3 losses - depth on both lines and db are going to be a concern.
If everyone stays healthy, I think the number of losses drops to 2.
Clemson is the best team in the conference imo, just matters if they can fix the secondary, and some other spots... I like the Tigers chances....IF they keep it together and don't have that Clemson letdown, it could be a good year, I really like the talent...I still think theyre 2 years away from a great year
I'm thinking 2 losses as well. The o-line was a pleasant surprise but the D makes me nervous. Not saying they will tank but I'm more worried about them after game 1 than I was about the o-line before game 1. I know BV will continue to develop them but the secondary really scares me at this point. That may take a little longer than we have to fix that.
After a week I don't see any team that Clemson couldn't beat, though FSU is going to be a tough test in 3 weeks. They're the most talented team on the schedule, and it's in Tallahassee.
I would imagine Clemson will also find a way to lose another game at some point, I just don't know where. Wake and BC are tremendously average, but those places have been tough on other talented Clemson teams over the years.
I know no one was impressed by Georgia Tech last night, and I personally didn't see any playmakers out there. However, Paul Johnson is 4-1 against Clemson and has made other Clemson defenses look silly at times. Venables ability to play chess with his will be huge in that game. Their own incorporation of the pistol is also intriguing and I think they'll lean on it more through the year.
Virginia Tech and USC are obviously dangerous, but have many warts too.
I can certainly see 10-2. Basically we'll lose to FSU and somebody.
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Jody Whitt | Clemson 247Sports
OK... so I'm a little hesitant to answer that right now. I know what I want to say, but still a little hesitant. I'll say this...
1. Offensively, we are scary good. I'm not sure we really understand how good we are, or can be. I mean, we are "most dangerous in the country" good. Remember last year, through the first 8 games how exciting we were to watch, and all the love we got. Well, we are better than that, more mature, more experienced, and more dynamic. This is not orange colored glasses... this is a college football fan who has a little experience on the sidelines... and I'm telling you, we have a very rare combination of unbelievable, dynamic skill, and a very tough and explosive scheme. These things are all controlled by, quite possibly, the best OC and playcaller in college football. Scary good is an understatement.
2. Defensively, we are probably a year or two away from what BV was able to to at OU. We are very talented and very fast. Depth will be an issue. However, we will also get better as the year goes on. Let's not forget we have a guy who has won at the highest level, and had some of the best defenses in the country. Also remember that he coached in a conference where offense was featured. The defense is obviously behind the offense, but don't be fooled. This unit doesn't have to be great for us to have a special year. They just have to continue to improve and get off the field a few times a game. Why don't they have to be "great" for us to be special? Did I mention how good we were offensively?
Here's the deal... we are ranked in the high teens. We could have a successfull, 8-10 win season. We could lose couple of close games b/c of youth and depth issues. However, we could also be onto something incredibly special this year. Do not underestimate how far a dynamic offense will take you in college football. I know, I know... Bama, blah, blah, blah... We can also name many 11-12 win teams the last few years that just flat out outscored people. I say that, but I also think our "D" is capable of getting the job done consistently.
Ask me again after we play @FSU. If we light them up offensively, and come away with a win, hold on to your seat.
At the beginning of the season I said 10-2 with losses to Auburn and FSU due to inexperienced talent on the lines. Since we beat Auburn I say 11-1 now.
If no major injuries occur, and the defense improves from week-to-week, then 11-1 is certainly a very real possibility in my opinion.
Tim Matyaszek | Clemson 247Sports | Twitter: @Tim_Matty247
I am still in the 8-10 win category. GT is a game that never sets up well although they looked anemic Monday against VT. VT did play assignments on defense very well though. I think we'll know a lot more after the FSU game. It's hard to trust FSU as they seem to let you down but their defense will be very good this year.
Still sticking with 9-3. Winning at FSU will be tough, even with their injuries. I could see us splitting the two Tech games. And then one other somewhere - NCSU or UCS or even at BC. Depending on where that 3rd loss comes from will determine whether we make it back to Charlotte.
FSU and Wake
I see potential losses against FSU, USC and perhaps Ga. Tech, especially if the DL doesn't improve drastically. The secondary played better against Ball State, but we got burned on several long running plays and that type of performance has got to end if we are going to win nine or more games. NCST and Wake are also concerns, but I'll hold judgement until we have played FSU and BC.
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