There's no such thing as a good loss.
Clemson made the trip to the Jordan-Hare Stadium with a lot on their plate. Not only could they elevate their season and vault into the national rankings, they had the opportunity to restore a little bit of the Atlantic Coast Conference's pride.
The visiting Tigers thoroughly out-played the home team in the first half. Dabo Swinney's team also controlled most of the fourth quarter. In the end, however, it wasn't enough.
Of all the ACC's attempts to get a big win against a true power program, this was by far the best. Be that as it may, it still goes into the loss column.
Clemson's venture into SEC lands was a great litmus test. Here's a look at where the team stands following Week 3 of the 2010 season.