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Clemson Tigers full of surprises: Defense shines, Mike Williams doesn’t miss a beat.

Clemson’s defense stepped up big to secure a victory over Auburn. Mike Williams looked like a future first round draft choice and James Connor continues to inspire.

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No dancing for Dabo following Clemson’s nail-biting 19-13 victory over Auburn this past weekend. While the offense didn’t play great, the Tigers defense was a pleasant surprise. The talk for most of the off-season was about Clemson’s star studded offense and how they were going to rip Auburn’s defense apart. Tigers fans wondered if Clemson had the depth on defense to repeat last year’s success.

The answer was a resounding yes.

Gus Malzahn is revered for his ability to manufacture yards on the ground, however, Clemson’s defense was able to hold Auburn to just 87 rushing yards on 41 attempts.

Read on here.

Mike Williams is back!

Mike Williams was a stud in his first game back from a serious neck injury. Williams had 9 catches for a career high 174 yards.

Read more here.

Normal is not a word anyone would use to describe freshman Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence’s performance in his college football debut was far from normal. The gargantuan freshman recorded 7 tackles, 1 sack, and a pass break up.

Read more here.

Each former Tiger in the 2015 draft class all made the final cuts for their respective teams.

Read more on the final 53-man rosters here.

Playoff Picture

Louisville thumped Charlotte 70-14. Lamar Jackson scored 8 touchdowns (no that is not a typo) in the Cardinals win over the 49ers.

Watch the highlights here.

North Carolina lost a tight one versus the Georgia Bulldogs, 33-24. It is still early in the season so the Tar Heels have time to make up for this loss, however, they would essentially have to run the table for the remainder of the season as it is unlikely that a two loss ACC team makes it into the playoff.

Watch the highlights here.

Florida State faces off with Ole Miss tonight at 8:00 pm on ESPN. This early season match up could have a huge impact on the playoff picture down the road.

View Tomahawk Nation’s predictions here.

Moment of the weekend

Pittsburgh running back James Connor played in his first collegiate game since being declared cancer free in May. Connor scored twice in his debut.

I just wanted to take my hat off to Mr. Connor, he is undoubtedly an inspiration to people all across the country.

Read his full story here.