After last season it seems that many have lost a little respect for the Tigers and are hesitant to give it back.
ACC Network analyst and former Clemson OL Eric Mac Lain is not one of them. He believes in the Tigers and feels they deserve more respect. Mac Lain made this clear during a broadcast of the ACC Network’s ACC Huddle.
“I do think that there is a little bit of a narrative that some people would rather talk about those teams instead of the Tigers,” Mac Lain said. “But at the end of the day, when you look at the resume, they have one of the best in the country, maybe the best in the country with two Top 15 wins.”
MacLain’s comments are understood since Clemson is the only team in the country that has two wins against current Top 15 opponents (#14 Wake Forest and #15 NC State). They also own the longest current winning streak of Power-5 programs with 12 consecutive victories.
The No. 4 Tigers (6-0, 4-0) head to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles (4-2 2-2) who have looked much improved and will be looking to derail Clemson’s winning streak, making it harder for the Tigers to return to the ACC Championship Game and the College Football Playoff.
One thing that head coach Dabo Swinney has made work well for him is getting his teams to buy into Clemson being disrespected and the underdog role and many would expect Mac Lain’s comments to feed right into that.
Whether the college football world begins to show them more respect or not is still yet to be seen but one thing is certain. If the Tigers can keep winning throughout the rest of the regular season, Clemson will be expected to return to the Playoff.
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.