Column: Clemson finally delivering on their expectations
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 00:09
Let 2013 from here on be known as the year of the Tiger.
Clemson showed this week why they will be a force to be reckoned with and play for the 2013 National Championship this season.
Last week in my “bold predictions” I predicted that either Florida State, Louisville, or Clemson would play Alabama in the National Championship. Well if Mike Erhmantraut has taught me anything over 5 seasons of “Breaking Bad”, it’s that you should never take half measures.
So I am now predicting that Clemson not only plays Alabama in the National Championship, but beats the Roll Tide come January. How’s that for a full measure? Clemson has everything a team needs to win. They have a fan base that is just as crazy, if not crazier, than any SEC fan base. They have an experienced quarterback with all kinds of weapons; look no further than Sammy Watkins.
Clemson proved by beating Georgia this week that they aren’t just another overrated ACC team (I’m looking at you Virginia Tech and Florida State). Let us not forget that Georgia was one game away from a national championship last year and returned a quarterback who was voted to be the best in the SEC. Clemson kept right with the Bulldogs last week and there’s no doubt in my mind they can’t keep up with the rest of their conference.
However, we can’t forget the past or we will be doomed to repeat it. Clemson does have a tendency to lose to a ridiculously average team almost every season (excluding last year when they lost to two tough opponents). In fact the popular online reference “Urban Dictionary” has defined “Clemsoning” as “when you are widely favored to succeed and instead crash and burn” and “the act of delivering an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.” This is a rough critique from the online dictionary.
So who could Clemson “Clemson” this year? My guess would be NC State in week three or Georgia Tech in week seven. Both teams aren’t rumored to be terrific this year, which makes them perfect candidates to be on the right side of a “Clemsoning” incident.
It’s been more than 30 years since Clemson won a national championship or BCS bowl game. The Clemson Tigers haven’t tasted the fruit of victory in years and they are hungry. With a raucous fan base and some of the fastest and most intelligent players in college football, 2013 will be the year of the tiger. They will hoist the trophy come the last day of the season.