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    Article CLEMSON PREVIEW: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?
    by Jess Nicholas
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    January 4th, 2019 03:30 AM

    If you're into comparative analysis, the big question heading into the College Football Playoff championship round is whether this Clemson team more resembles the Clemson of 2016, which defeated Alabama on the final drive to win the title that year, or the Clemson of 2017, which bore more of a resemblance to its in-state rival South Carolina than the Tiger team that had defeated Alabama 12 months prior.

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Jess, this is the way I see it. But I think the loss of Miller and the most inconsistent inside linebacker play of the Saban era makes this a scary call.

    In the end, we’ll see how Clemson reacts to getting punched in the mouth. Last year, they did not appear to appreciate the taste of their own blood.
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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Thanks, Jess.
    "My momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on." Forrest Gump

    "The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEyeshade View Post
    Jess, this is the way I see it. But I think the loss of Miller and the most inconsistent inside linebacker play of the Saban era makes this a scary call.

    In the end, we’ll see how Clemson reacts to getting punched in the mouth. Last year, they did not appear to appreciate the taste of their own blood.
    Block or be blocked seems to be the key for both teams. Lawrence’s and Dexter Brown’s absences cancel each other out but if Christian can’t go, we are entering unchartered waters and may just have to outscore them. Thanks Jess for the really good work you do.
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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Championship Preview, we’ve all been waiting all season to read this one.
    Great work Jess

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Great write up. Agree with everything but RB. Josh Jacobs is the best in the country and it’s about time he was recognized for it. For that reason alone we should have that advantage.

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Thanks for the write-up.
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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Well, it does make me feel better to read Jess' call on the game, but it simply does come down to who makes fewer stupid mistakes, and we showed a propensity for such things last week. Hopefully we had our 'B' or even 'C+' game last week, and our 'A' game is ahead of us. If not it will be a shame to see a team of such greatness not meet their full potential.

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    The way the grouping we’re going I was sure you were going to pick Clemson. I believe it will be close for a good bit of the game with Bama pulling things out that they haven’t done before and they tire out the Clemson defense. Great Championship preview, Jess!

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Also the way I see it, and our score predictions are almost identical - mine in the score prediction thread was 31-24.

    As I said in that thread, I can easily see it even closer and MORE “mired in the trenches” at something like 24-20, as the key to this game for both teams will be all about pass protection. I think we hold a slim edge here, as I don’t think they will have an answer for QW. At the same time, Tua needs to be fully healthy, getting the ball out quick and on his game, because Clemson will bring the pressure and have some success. When he’s healthy, Tua’s mobility far exceeds TL’s.

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    I just sit here confused on how Terrell Lewis appeared to be returning a month ago and now...?

    I guess I just got my hopes up for nothing.

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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Quote Originally Posted by tattooguy21 View Post
    I just sit here confused on how Terrell Lewis appeared to be returning a month ago and now...?

    I guess I just got my hopes up for nothing.

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    Me too--it's the weirdest thing, unless Saban is playing mind games. Either that or Terrell hurt himself again and nobody is saying anything about it. Seems linebacker injuries just won't stop.
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    Re: Clemson preview: Is this Tiger team more Clemson ’16 or Clemson ’17?

    Thanks, Jess. Good analysis. This will be one of those games that will be nerve-racking until the clock hits 0:00. I expect a stressful game and lots of Tums for me.

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