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If Clemson is going to be taken seriously, they can't falter against Georgia Tech like they did last year.
Steve Spurrier lived by a motto while he was at Florida—to win, and win big.
This Clemson team must have that same mindset this year, especially against teams who are inferior to the Tigers. In those games that they're supposed to win, but aren't supposed to be blowouts, the Tigers have to take care of business.
No more games like Georgia Tech, when the Tigers were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten teams last year.
After Auburn, Clemson will face Ball State and Furman, which should be two easy wins. If the Tigers can survive No. 7 Florida State, Boston College, Georgia Tech and No. 16 Virginia Tech in their next four games, the path should become a lot easier.
Having said that, they have to take care of business against Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Florida State and Virginia Tech games will be tough.
The Tigers proved last year that they were up to the challenge against the Seminoles and Hokies. They simply weren't up for the challenge against the Yellow Jackets and North Carolina State.