Really, Clemson’s 73-7 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta Saturday was another embarrasment for the ACC and its alledged improvement as a football league. You can argue North Carolina and, at least this season, Notre Dame, give the ACC more football credibility. Show me. We’ll see Clemson at Notre Dame in November, but the Irish are just one year squatters in the league, so even if that’s a close game, that doesn’t count towards league improvement.
Clemson, coming off a 42-17 win over ACC pretender Miami, showed it belongs is another league. Not the SEC, but maybe the NFC South. Could the Falcons’ defense stop Trever Lawrence and company? Just kidding. Of course, but you get the point. Clemson has turned the first half of its schedule into glorified scrimmages for its second and third teamers. The first string is in full relax mode by midway thru the third quarter.
In this case, Trevor Lawrence played one series in the second half. And why not sit him. He left with the Tigers leading 52-7 having done a near seasons’ worth of damage for some quarterbacks in the first half. Lawrence finished 24-33 for 404 yards and 5 touchdowns. OK, he did throw a pick, his first in 366 attempts, so he’s human. But just barely. On a beautiful day in downtown Atlanta, Lawrence used the backdrop of the skyline like a canvas and painted one of his most memorable performances at Clemson.
Here’s my recap from Bobby Dodd Stadium
Clemson postgame interviews