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Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:10 pm
 
BLACKSBURG, Va. – On Clemson’s way to an undefeated September, the Tigers knocked off the defending champions of the Sun Belt Conference (Troy), Southern Conference (Wofford), Southeastern Conference and national champ (Auburn) and Atlantic Coast Atlantic Division (Florida State).

Four defending champions, four victories for the Tigers.

But those victories were all at home. The question was could the Tigers keep it up on the road against another defending champion: Virginia Tech.

The answer was a rounding yes. No. 13 Clemson throttled No. 11 Virginia Tech 23-3 at Lane Stadium.

If there’s any doubt, the Tigers (5-0) are very much for real. The Hokies (4-1), who finally survived their non-conference schedule unscathed, were exposed as, at best, an average team.

In their 4-0 start the Tigers had gained at least 443 yards in all four games. But against Virginia Tech it was their defense that was the difference.

The Hokies were held without a touchdown at home for the first time since 1995 and held to their fewest points since a 22-3 loss at Boston College in 2006.

Virginia Tech had won 13 of its last 14 home games in ACC play and had won 12 consecutive regular season ACC games. But the Hokies were absolutely no match for Clemson. It got so bad that in the second half Hokies fans were reduced to cheering a 29-yard punt – their punting is that bad.

Now that Clemson is 5-0 – the Tigers, who started the season unranked and unloved, have a very manageable schedule the rest of the way. There are home games with Boston College, North Carolina and Wake Forest and road games at Maryland, Georgia Tech, NC State and South Carolina.

Clemson should be favored the rest of the way out, except for the road trips at Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

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Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

[Almost beat the Hokies?  They were winning 14-0 in the first quarter, but VT outscored them 28 - 7 the rest of the way.  Nesbitt didnt play defense.]

That being said...Clemson was not that impressive in this past week's game (and I am not just saying that as a Hokies fan).  Their D played well, but Thomas played poorly more than Clemson played well.  Not to mention the Clemson offense was not impressive  (their QBs stats were anemic, at best).  That game had nothing to do with the players on the field.  Clemson was definitely NOT more talented, as a whole, than VT.  VT coaches just decided to have a night worth of brain freeze! (not the Defensive coaches, however.)  As sorry as it is, Clemson will likely be the rep for the ACC on that side of the conference...and they are not impressive.  Hell, no one is impressive this year in the ACC.  [and when the NCAA finally cracks down on cut blocking, GT will be done contending for any titles]



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:01 am
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

"Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not" is an oxymoron for a football team. If you beat a bad football team, how does that help prove you're any better of a football team than you were than before you played them? Now beating another quality opponent? That would definitely help prove Clemson is for real. VA Tech hadn't played anyone until Clemson came to town, so really, the only challenge the Tigers faced was the hostile visiting team environment, not their opponent. Heck, GA Tech was beating the Hokies big there last season, in spite of having a terrible year, up until their starting QB, Joshua Nesbitt, broke his arm, and then, even with our backup QB stepping in for his first real duty, the Jackets still almost beat VA Tech, the eventual ACC Champions. My point is that even winning at VA Tech has gotten to be very doable, so beating a bad Hokie team there , and adding that victory to a list of other unimpressive victories doesn't prove Clemson is for real. Coming back to beat Troy; barely beating Wofford; struggling with Auburn, who barely beat Utah State; and struggling with FSU, who was playing without their starting QB and cornerback, who is also one of the top returners in the country, and all of the previous wins were at home, all look nice on paper because they're wins, but don't show a dominant team in any imagination. The game against VA Tech just proved the Tigers can win on the road, which is important, not that they're a juggernaut.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:46 am
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

but i'm actually glad in some ways ...still hoping for the sec or big 12 comes through ...and if they dont then as a mountaineer football fan we are probably screwed lol



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:41 am
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

No argument here...not even a debate...SEC rules period!.......not real big on the big east in football either but imo the acc is the weakest of the bcs conf's.
And imo the acc should have gone after football scholls instead of basketball schools or atleast maybe 1 for 1...although pitt should do ok....wvu and sfla would have both been better choices....instead of syracuse i would have even gone uconn....again "Big Money isn't always concerned with what has made are sports what thy are!
But even that doesn't make alot of sense because wvu since 2006 with the exception of 2008 has had a bigger fan base, tv ratings, and more money intake than pitt!



Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:17 am
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

This the first year I'll admit the ACC is truly awful.  In the past the worst teams in the ACC were at least somewhat competitive(besides Duke).  

BC, Maryland, Miami, Duke, Virginia, UNC, NC State, WF are all bad IMO. So 8/12 teams are subpar. Clemson is rolling, GTech too. FSU and VTech have talent and will recover.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:10 am
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

I'm  not gonna argue with VT being overated (or maybe Clemson is a tad underrated?) ...but I seem to remember a SEC school destroying a "ranked" (perhaps overrated?) team from the "powerful" (heh heh) Big East?    Let's get real, all of the conferences are pretenders to the SEC.   Whether we like it or not, it's the truth.  



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

Yes!!!!....what i have been saying is finally confirmed.......VT is overrated and so is the ACC as a whole....some nice teams but the weakest of the bcs conf's.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Clemson for real, Virginia Tech is not

Tech has the worst qb in the country its that simple. a converted 5 star TE to a qb was a horrible move and it shows. Congrats to clemson


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