CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson entered Saturday's home game with NC State trending in the direction of most teams with BCS bowl aspirations in mid-November.
In their previous four games prior to the explosive Wolfpack's visit, the Tigers' opponents averaged just 15 points per outing. Granted, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke and Maryland comprised the quartet, but the Tigers played pretty well, nonetheless.
Yet, that all came crashing down Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Clemson didn't lose, it actually won 62-48 and gained a share of the Atlantic Division title. But this wasn't the first video game score in a Tigers' contest this season, and it must be troubling to those with a rooting interest Dabo Swinney's team.
And given the reputation it carried throughout the offseason -- courtesy of a 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl last January -- the program's image took another bad hit because its defense just isn't up to BCS snuff. But don't expect the coaches to dump on the...