Clemson v Wake Forest

Sammy Watkins out early with right leg injury


It didn’t take long for LSU to introduce its defense to Clemson’s high-powered offense in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. It also didn’t take long for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins to feel the pain of that defense.

On Clemson’s first play from scrimmage, Watkins received a punishing hit from Barkevious Mingo and fumbled the ball. LSU’s Craig Loston recovered at the Clemson 24. The Tigers (of LSU) scored two plays later on a Jeremy Hill touchdown.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. Watkins was down on the ground and was unable to put any weight on his right leg. While there’s no official news yet on his status, it doesn’t look like he’ll return this evening.

It would be a disappointing end to what has been a bit of a tough season for Watkins, at least by his freshman All-American standards. Watkins has 708 yards receiving, but just three touchdowns. He was suspended the first two games of the season because of an off-the-field drug incident and missed another game because of an illness.

Clemson looks like it’s found some offensive rhythm even without Watkins. On the very next drive, Clemson drove 75 yards, scoring on an 11-yard run from quarterback Tajh Boyd. The good thing for Clemson is that Watkins was not the biggest player for the offense this year. That’s not to downplay any potential loss, but this team can win without Watkins.

The game is currently tied at seven.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.