Lawrence de Clemson and Etienne dominate Miami in the top 10
Okay, Miami. Here is your chance.
In the SEC, facing Alabama is the best step to prove it. In the ACC, it’s Clemson.
The Tigers have won five straight ACC titles, reached the college football playoffs five years in a row and have won two of the last four domestic titles. Oh, and they’re also # 1 this season with Heisman contenders Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne
Miami has its own rich history with five National Crowns, but the Hurricanes haven’t even won a conference title since 2003, when they were in the Grand Est. And in Miami’s only appearance in the ACC Championship, he lost to Clemson 38-3 in 2017.
But all of those past numbers won’t matter. Miami says this season is different. In three games, the Hurricanes have won big wins against UAB, Louisville and Florida State. Houston transfer QB D’Eriq King has 736 passing yards and six non-interception touchdowns while also rushing for 157 yards and a score.
Then there’s Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, with 848 passing yards, seven passing TDs and three rushing TDs. King will have to outdo or at least even play with Lawrence to give Miami a chance.
Overall, the teams have similar numbers. Both average over 40 points per game while allowing under 20, although Clemson’s 12 allowed per game is a better touchdown.
This defense of the Tigers could end up making the difference. The typically Clemson front allowed just 90 rushing yards per game for 2.2 yards per attempt. King’s ability will add a new twist to the defense, but the Tigers’ overall balance could be too important.
However, if things go well for the Hurricanes, they could get an ACC title rematch in December.