Clemson Makes It To The ACCCG, But Carolina Is Next On The To-Do List

Matt ElmoreContributor INovember 25, 2009

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 21:  The Clemson Tigers prepare for their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Memorial Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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This past Saturday we saw Clemson achieve a goal that has never been reached at the school, an Atlantic Division Championship.

As the clock ticked down in Death Valley on Saturday a sigh of relief swept across the whole stadium as Clemson won its first outright ACC Divisional Championship. Prior to the Tigers even taking the field we learned that BC had lost clinching the Tigers into the ACCCG for the first time in school history.

As I stood at my seat looking around at the fans jumping up and down with excitement I realized how monumental of a moment this truly was. From the late season slides, and key losses under Bowden, to the hiring of a wide receivers coach, and losing to Maryland, this fan base had endured everything, stood by this team, remained all in, and can now celebrate.

With the ACCCG looming in the near future it is really easy to overlook our opponent this week, the Gamecocks of South Carolina. We as fans may overlook this game, make plans for Tampa, or whatever, but Dabo has assured us he will not overlook this team. He stated that in the beginning of the season the team’s goals were to 1.) Win the season opener, 2.) Win the division 3.) Win the state championship 4.) Win the ACCCG 5.) Win the bowl game.

With this game being on Dabo's list this season the tigers will not be overlooking the Gamecocks (who have lost 3 straight games). This team will be focused as we have seen in the past few weeks and especially as we saw Saturday against Virginia. The team knew they had clinched prior to the game, and still went out and got the job done.

My brother has said we will beat Carolina 70-0, but I will be a little more realistic. Carolina has averaged 16 points in their last 4 games, where as Clemson is closer to 40. The Clemson defense will not allow more than 21 points in this game, and the Gamecock defense will not be able to contain Spiller, Ford, Parker, Palmer, etc.

Clemson wins this game 47-14, Spiller has a great game, the defense is stout the whole game and the offense clicks from the first play to the final whistle. If this game is close and it comes down to mental toughness the edge goes to Clemson, after the Miami and FSU games we have seen the true character of this team, but we have seen the opposite from the gamecocks. They have almost given up in some of their games; this is from the players to the coaching staff.

We cannot win the ACCCG before it is played and Dabo knows that. We must focus on this game, continue our streak and gain braggin' rights for the third year.