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Clemson no longer unbeaten, but still not ‘old Clemson’


Well, there was the moment many of us were waiting for with the No. 6 Clemson Tigers. Sitting at 8-0 with quality wins over Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech — not to mention a come-from-behind win over Maryland — Clemson looked new and improved. They certainly didn’t look like the Tigers of old, who would fold like a lawn chair at the slightest bit of adversity, or strangely, success.

But there was something that seemed very Clemson-ish about today’s game against Georgia Tech. Like the Maryland game a couple weeks ago, this one had upset written all over it. The Yellow Jackets were coming off consecutive losses and had been struggling offensively; it was homecoming for GT; Clemson was coming off a huge “maybe they’re for real” win over North Carolina.

It was all set up so beautifully, like a southern style cookout.

And Georgia Tech took advantage, stunning Clemson 31-17.

The internet troll in me (pictured) wants to say this is Clemson being Clemson (reasons above), and I’ve joked about it plenty, but the truth of the matter is that it’s difficult to go undefeated in any conference at any level of college football. And in a system that punishes people for being imperfect — which they are by nature — it’s almost never going to end favorably for most teams.

So, was this a case of Clemson being Clemson? Ehhh….yeahhhhh sorta. But not entirely.

This is not the end for Clemson. Perhaps for their national championship aspirations, but not for their BCS ones. The Tigers still control their own destiny in the ACC Atlantic, and who knows, keep winning sometimes strange things work out a team’s favor.

Losses happen. If Clemson wants to really avoid being Clemson, they won’t succumb to a mental breakdown with just three regular season games left.

That would be the new and improved Tigers we don’t know, but would come to appreciate.

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7 Responses to “Clemson no longer unbeaten, but still not ‘old Clemson’”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 30, 2011 12:23 AM

    If Georgia Tech could show up every week they’d be an elite program. Amazing win given how poorly they’ve played of late.

  2. chmba says: Oct 30, 2011 8:17 AM

    Wrong…it is “old Clemson” and never was otherwise. “Dabo” ball is a flash in the pan scenario and Clemson can go back to being a pretty good football team in a basketball conference. This was a classic Clemson choke.

  3. southernpatriots says: Oct 30, 2011 11:48 AM

    Clemson has not had a week off so far this season. The players looked as if they were tired and their performance was flat on both offense and defense. Now they get a bye week to rest. Hopefully, Dabo will remember to have the AAD to schedule the bye week one week sooner next season or maybe cut back on the hard SEC teams in early season.

    Once the team is fully rested, all will see Clemson is a good team which will likely run the remainder of their schedule.

  4. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 30, 2011 11:56 AM

    Everyone has excuses, not reasons for Clemson’s loss….saying they are tired? Really…..that would tell me they are not well conditioned athletes…

  5. floridacock says: Oct 30, 2011 1:52 PM

    Clempson is still a poorly coached “Dabo” team, that got lucky with some recruits. They will not play a defense all year nearly as tough as USC defense the last game of the season IN Columbia. Carolina has some business to take care of first, but that Clempson / USC game should be a classic. Bring on the TATERS! GO GAMECOCKS!!!

  6. grudenthediva says: Oct 30, 2011 3:12 PM

    If they are tired, perhaps they need to start bribing high school trainers to go along with the coaches and assistants they lure in on a yearly basis.

    Glad to see GT fans stormed the field last night – I hope that was especially irksome for the Lil Kitty fans.

  7. bstras2809 says: Oct 31, 2011 11:52 PM

    With Clemson starting so many true freshmen this year, it’s not a surprise that they show some fatigue this late. But be advised, Dabo has this team ready to do something they haven’t done before…play in a BCS Bowl! And USC? 14 points against Tennessee…yeah, it’s gonna be a GREAT game for the Tigers in Columbia!

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