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The immediate perception for those unfamiliar with the Trojans of Troy would be that they're a typical week one cupcake.
Coming from the Sun Belt Conference, Troy doesn't open eyes with football prestige, but in their own right, they've got a solid program. Coming off their fifth straight conference title, Troy is used to scoring, and scoring a lot.
They averaged just over 34 points a game last year, good enough to get them eight wins and get them in a third straight bowl. Boasting a talented sophomore QB in Corey Robinson, the Trojans lack depth at receiver, yet have talent in the backfield returning from last season.
Their defense, however, leaves much to be desired.
Clemson has a somewhat shaky history in their first games of the season. Not to say they've lost many, but they rarely come out looking exceptionally strong. New starter at QB Tajh Boyd will have the load on his shoulders, and will be asked to direct a young offense throughout the season.
The first game against Troy will have its bumps and bruises, and Tiger fans might not come away with a feeling that this team can be world beaters. But hey, its this first week. Give it time.
FINAL: Clemson 42, Troy 21