Orange Bowl 2012: 3 Reasons Clemson Will Regress Next Season After Big Loss

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Orange Bowl 2012: 3 Reasons Clemson Will Regress Next Season After Big Loss
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The best single word to describe Clemson’s performance in the Orange Bowl was pitiful. The Tigers turned the ball over four times, couldn’t do anything to stop Tavon Austin and allowed one of the single worst 10-minute spans of football in collegiate history, giving up 35 points from 2:29 in the second quarter to 9:18 in the third en route to a 70-33 loss.

They shelled out the big bucks to keep offensive coordinator Chad Morris and return most of their offensive playmakers next season, but 2012 figures to be a step back for Clemson.

Here are three reasons why.

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