The Clemson Tigers have just won another football game, this time shutting out the South Carolina State Bulldogs 54-0 on Saturday afternoon. This win puts the No. 23-ranked Tigers (3-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) in a position to possibly re-crack the top 20 in the AP Poll.
The Tigers' (No. 9 Preseason) loss came against then No. 24-Alabama after high hopes for this team were shot in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Clemson has since won three straight against the Citadel, North Carolina State, and South Carolina State.
To have a chance at the elusive ACC Title, Clemson will have to play like they did today against South Carolina State. Today was the first day Clemson put great offense and great defense on the field in the same game.
The Tigers will first have to show they can beat a resurgent Maryland next week. Maryland, after going 1-1 to start the year, upset last week's No. 23 California before crushing Eastern Michigan today. The Terrapins are visiting Death Valley to play in their ACC opener.
The Tigers should continue winning games for the rest of the season. Their secondary has finally settled after giving up 338 passing yards against the Citadel. The offensive line has stepped up and allowed James Davis and C.J. Spiller to start running wild again.
The only thing that may get into the Tigers' way is their ACC road schedule. Coach Bowden must find a way to outplay conference opponents Florida State, Boston College, and Wake Forest away from the comforts of Death Valley.
The Tigers should win at least 10 this season with a legitimate chance at a spot in the ACC Title game. But everyone knows the Tigers lose a game they should win every season. They can only hope that the Alabama game was their one allowance.