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Leading up to the tilt with Auburn, all we had to go on about this year's Clemson team was the performances they had against two lower level opponents.
Looking at the stats of those games, you'd think the Tiger defense that was talked about all preseason may have been over-hyped. They proved against Auburn they were the real deal.
It wasn't until Auburn's final drive of the first half that they finally surpassed the 100-yard mark in total offense.
Cam Newton was picked twice, and the running game for Auburn was stifled much of the game. It was the third quarter that padded stats for the Auburn Tigers.
Offensively, the big plays were still there to some degree like they were against North Texas and PC, but Clemson actually had better clock control against Auburn, extending drives via play action screens and strong runs by Harper and Ellington.
Simply put, the way a team performs against a low-level opponent is never a great barometer for how that team will play down the road.
Tonight's game was a fair measuring stick, one that Swinney and the staff can go with and determine strengths and weaknesses.