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Could Boyd lead the Tigers to the BCS title game?
Preseason Ranking: 8
After losing their top two tacklers, three of their top four receivers and their top rusher from 2012, the Tigers looked to be in a little trouble. In fact, SB Nation’s Jason Kirk listed Clemson as the most overrated team in the ACC.
Two weeks into the season, maybe he’d like to reconsider that statement.
In a Week 1 showdown against No. 4 Georgia, the Tigers came away with a sensational 38-35 victory. It helped the team jump from No. 8 to No. 4 in the polls.
Heisman-hopeful quarterback Tajh Boyd was tremendous in that game. The senior threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 42 yards and another two scores.
Last Saturday, Clemson flexed its muscle, toppling South Carolina State 52-13.
Now, with the entire nation fixated on the team, it’s up to the Tigers to prove that this start isn’t a fluke. They have four games to keep the stretch going. Then it’s time for the matchup against ACC foe No. 10 Florida State.
Given the recent play of both teams, it wouldn’t be surprising to see both in the Top Five by that point. Not to mention, it could also possibly go a long way in determining who the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy will be.
Win that one and Clemson’s fate will be entirely in its hands.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of ESPN.com and NCAA.com
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