Clemson Tigers running back Adam Choice (26) celebrates his touchdown career. (Photo: Jim Dedmon, USA TODAY Sports)
CHARLOTTE – It's nothing unpleasant The Miami Business Volume Chain and the Hurricanes to point out that Clemson's defense does not have a trick to adjudicate after losses of the ball You do not need one.
After every important play on Saturday night, this included a fumble recovery and two interceptions, but also a lot of routine defensive stops, the Tigers just jumped a bit and then headed to the sidelines, where they accepted some more congratulations. And then he waited for his chance to dominate again.
Clemson's 38-3 victory in the ACC Championship was a thorough and convincing scourge. The Tigers will almost certainly maintain their current number one ranking when the college football selection committee reveals the final bracket. They could be on their way to a successful defense of their national championship.
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Here are three observations of the Tigers' victory:
1. Miami was not ready for prime time
The unbeaten Hurricanes game during the first 10 games was fun. Even after that loss to Pittsburgh, they were a good story. Mark Richt has done an excellent job in rebuilding the program. But they are still several steps away from the elite.
If the loss to Pittsburgh exposed a series of failures we had seen all season, even as Miami continued to win, well, Clemson exposed the Hurricanes as a good team. At halftime, 21-0, the Hurricanes had 64 yards on 26 plays (an average of 2.5 yards), and only three first chances. More revealing, with a fourth and seven by Clemson 44 with 60 seconds to go in the first half, Richt chose to clear from the center of the field instead of going for that.
We did it, I did not want to give Clemson the ball in midfield with the possibility of getting more points. But since they were already behind three touchdowns, it felt at least a bit like a concession that, even then, Richt understood that the Canes were not going to win.
2. Kelly Bryant is not Deshaun Watson, but it's okay
Bryant, the junior quarterback who had the difficult task of replacing the best player in the history of the school, has been an effective player throughout the season when he is healthy. Against Miami he completed his first 15 pbad attempts, setting a record in the ACC championship previously won by … Watson, who completed 13 consecutive in 2015. Bryant is not as dynamic as Watson, who is he? – but it has been more than good enough. On Saturday, he scored 23 of 29 pbades for 252 yards and a touchdown as he looked at the fourth quarter from the wall.
3. Clemson's defense was as good as it was publicized
There are no surprises here. The dominance of the Tigers was expected, all the way back before the season began, and they have rarely disappointed. It was certainly true on Saturday night. And it's one reason why Clemson, who will likely be the No. 1 seed for the tiebreaker, could simply defend his national title.
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