This week we invited some guests from outside the knotmove.com community to participate in the weekly round table and welcomed volunteer questions via Twitter. Ty Hildenbrandt from The Solid Verbal, the top college football podcast on iTunes, brought a question to the table and shared his quick take as well.
Would you bet a first-born child on Clemson going undefeated?
Ty Hildenbrandt, The Solid Verbal: Sure. I’d make the bet, knowing that if I won, my child would undoubtedly grow up to be the luckiest human on Earth. Betting on Clemson there is like playing Russian Roulette with 6 bullets in the gun. If you win that bet, you might also find El Dorado.
Kevin, National College Football Examiner:
Gerald Nicdao, San Diego Sports Examiner: I wouldn’t bet my first-born child, but maybe my second- or third-born kid. Clemson plays three of its final four regular season games on the road, including this week’s meeting in Atlanta against Georgia Tech and its regular season finale against South Carolina.
And I’d bet that if anyone upsets the Tigers, it’s the Yellow Jackets this weekend. In Atlanta, it will be strength versus strength. While new offensive coordinator Chad Morris has Clemson clicking in its new spread offense, Georgia Tech boasts the best pass defense in the ACC, allowing just 170 yards per game through the air. This will be the toughest defense that Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd will face all year and it will be in a hostile environment at that.
Also stacking up against Boyd and the Clemson offense is the fact that the Yellow Jackets offense can eat up clock and take the ball away from Boyd. Through eight games, Georgia Tech is averaging a time of possession of just over 31 minutes per game. Keep the ball away from Boyd, then the Yellow Jackets don’t have to worry about stopping him.
And add this: Clemson has the third-worst rush defense in the ACC. Georgia Tech has the best rush offense.
This will be the Tigers’ toughest matchup. But, if Clemson can steal the win in Atlanta, then I say they can go a perfect 13-0.
Max Price, Oregon Ducks Examiner: I would not. As much as I think they should be able to finish their year undefeated, considering they’ve passed some pretty tough tests so far, I think South Carolina poses problems in their last game of the regular season, especially since the Gamecocks have a lot of time until them to really get on a roll. And if there’s one thing I know about college football, it’s to avoid betting anything on it. You never know what’s going to happen.
Rich Kurtzman, Colorado State Rams Examiner: No way. That’s not to say Clemson is a bad football team. The Tigers are one of the best in the country this year, sitting at 8-0 on the season. But they still have four good-to-great teams they face this year that includes Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and No. 13 South Carolina. Their final four opponents are a combined 21-8 and will certainly pose problems for the Tigers, meaning there’s no way to guarantee Clemson goes undefeated.
Sean Jackson, Ohio State Buckeyes Examiner: I think they are due to lose a game. They’ve won games in shotgun fashion and while it has been extremely fun to watch, it may backfire on them. Their primetime showdown against a Georgia Tech team on the slide could be the one to end their undefeated season.
Shawn Lealos, Oklahoma Sooners Examiner: Nope. I think they finish the season with one loss, to South Carolina. It’s not that I think South Carolina is better than Clemson, but I don’t think the Tigers can hold it together for an undefeated season. However, they have a better chance than Stanford, who will lose to Oregon.
Troy Hyde, Iowa Hawkeyes Examiner: I have been on the wagon of Clemson all season but I just don’t think they go undefeated. They are loaded but have two more tough matches on the road. If they can win at Georgia Tech this weekend then a likely loss would be the top 15 ranked South Carolina in Columbia. So right now, I think they are great, and I think they win the ACC but I don’t think they go undefeated.
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