The $1.2M matchup. That is the number on the check that Clemson will write UConn for playing this game.
Be that as it may, this game is coming at a pretty good time for the Tigers. It has been well documented how injury ravaged the Tigers currently are. For those who aren’t out for the season, this weekend will be a good time to get healed up.
Clemson is a 40-point favorite and for good reason. The Huskies are bad. Really bad. They are overmatched at every position and on top of all that lost starting quarterback Tyler Phommachanh, the younger brother of Taisun Phommachanh, to an ACL injury a few weeks back.
UConn comes in averaging just 16 points per game, while allowing 36 per contest. Opponents are rushing for right at 200 yards per game and throwing for 239. Even this Clemson offense, as inconsistent as it’s been, should be able to have success against the Huskies.
Dabo Swinney has long been known for playing as many players as possible most weeks. It’s a luxury that being so dominant has afforded him. However, he hasn’t been able to empty his bench this season. The Tigers have played in close games every week but one, and that came against SC State.
This week, the coaching staff will be able to rotate, early and often. Those pining to see Taisun Phommachanh and Hunter Helms will finally be able to do so. Considering DJ UIagalelei is nursing a banged up knee, he isn’t likely to play very long.
Outside of that, there really isn’t a whole lot to say. It is Military Appreciation Day in Clemson and the school puts on a heck of a tribute to the armed forces. So, while the game might get ugly, that in and of itself could be worth the trip all by itself.
Clemson 49 UConn 6
Sam Clemsons: By God, there was improvement on the offensive side of this Tiger team. DJ Uiagalelei showed some real improvement in the passing game and asserted himself into the run game. The depleted, battered defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Cardinals on fourth down inside the five yard line. This week, not trying to take anything for granted, the Tigers should handle UConn without much trouble.
Clemson 35 Connecticut 7
Freddie Huth: No, Clemson will not, I repeat, not be looking for another head coach after Saturday’s game. I expect the Tigers to finally put a game away early and also win big this week while getting a lot of the backups in, excluding any grad assistants. The one good thing about this game is it should give this Clemson team a chance to rest the starters that have been dealing with nagging injuries. The Huskies will score but one score wont be enough to even be considered.
Clemson 41 Connecticut 7
Ted Jackson: Clemson is starting to gel at the right time near the end of the season. Unfortunately there will be no playoff this year, but it will certainly help the team to grow and prepare to come back stronger than ever next year. Clemson will win easily, and the score will reflect what most people were thinking they would see much more of from Clemson this year. Once the Tigers have the game well in hand, look for Dabo Swinney to rotate players in and out throughout the game. The younger players who haven’t gotten much playing time will see the field and the starters will get a much-needed rest.
Clemson 42 Connecticut 10
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