Pleased is actually an understatement. Three weeks in, I’m happier than I expected to be at this point in the season. A few thoughts:
I don’t like have close games against nobody competition (regardless of what league they won last season). However I do understand that there was a lot of new everything this year (QB, receivers, OC, etc) and that it’s good to save things for the real games.
Against Auburn, I would have liked for Clemson to dominate the entire game. Clearly. Nonetheless, it was nice to see the ACC Tigers take control of the game and maintain that control until the final whistle. It’s so much better than getting off to a quick lead early in the game only to see that lead get erased in the closing minutes of the game.
3-0 is good, but Clemson still has no wins in the ACC. In other words, the meaningful season has yet to begin. And by the way, I expect Death Valley will be rocking on Saturday. Unfortunately I won’t be around due to a wedding.
The ACC is expanding, again. Frankly I’d rather the ACC be a 9 or maybe 10 team league. I like being able to play everyone in the league each season. It seems to me that super-conference divisions will basically just be old-style conferences. In the end, it seems to me we’re just remixing and renaming things. Yawn. (side note:, I hope Texas gets screwed.) Not that I particularly care for Syracuse or Pitt (actually, Pitt? really?), but I think it best serves Clemson by having beatable competition than having to face-off week after week against world beaters. Said differently, FSU, Miami, and VT would probably be nobodies if they had each joined the SEC 20 years ago. Said a third way, the major conferences have plenty of teams with mediocre results; perhaps not the preferred destination for a school seeking to improve on a decade’s worth of mediocre results. Although I readily admit I have zero desire to see games in Pittsburgh or Syracuse.