The Battle of the ACC, the battle of the QBs, Clemson vs. Louisville did not disappoint. In front of the largest TV audience of the year and the biggest Saturday Night college football game since 2014, Clemson and Louisville battled until the end when the Clemson defense sealed the win, 42-36.
After the performance, Watson and Boulware both earned national awards by several different organizations. Watson in particular started to regain the praise from last year. He moved up into the 2nd spot in ESPN’s Heisman rankings. ESPN Analyst Todd McShay moved him back into the first round in his 2017 Mock Draft but he did say Watson needs to clean up the inconsistencies.
That will be important as the Tigers go north to face the Boston College Eagles on Friday night. The Eagles have the best total defense in college football for the second consecutive year, only allowing 202 yards per game. The offense struggles but Clemson doesn’t want any team sticking around if they are going to continue their march to the playoffs.
Former Tigers had a big week in the NFL this week as well.
CJ Spiller was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks last week and quickly made an impact by scoring this touchdown to help the team to a win.
In the same game, Charone Peake scored his first NFL touchdown but not in a way most receivers normally do. In a heads up play, Peake scooped up a forgotten fumble and took it 42-yards to the house.
But there was some sad news this week as well, as Sammy Watkins will likely undergo a second foot surgery and is out at least 8 weeks after being put on IR. Get well soon Sammy!
Switching from the gridiron to the pitch, the Clemson soccer teams each continued their quest for a national title.
The Men’s team currently sit as the 5th ranked team in the country and are coming off a 0-0 draw. While the team couldn’t come away with a win, they extended their shutout streak to three games. They look to extend that streak this week as they take on NC State at home on Saturday.
The Women’s team have a busy weekend playing #20 Notre Dame on Thursday Night and then Louisville Sunday, both on the road. The team has not lost in its last 7 games going 5-0-2 and now lead the nation in goals (37) and assists (44).
On the hard court, the volleyball team continues to struggle, falling in straight sets to Georgia Tech. Leah Perri continues to dominate, posting her 14th game with 10 or more kills. The team is back in action on Saturday to take on UVA in Charlottesville
On the golf course, the Men’s team placed tenth at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational in Texas last weekend. Carson Young and Bryson Nimmer both finished in the top 25 for the Tigers. Up next for the team is the U.S. Collegiate on October 21st-23rd in Georgia.
And it’s never too early to take a look at the baseball diamond right? The ACC announced this week they will expand the Baseball Championship to 12 teams and include group pool play before the top 4 teams battle it out for the title. This year the championships will be held May 23-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Another big week coming up for the Tigers!