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Legends’ Take: Clemson a legitimate title team

October 6, 2011
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Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) is one of the best stories in college football this season.

The Tigers had little hype around them before the season started and struggled with teams like Wofford in the opening weeks. But Dabo Swinney believed in his team, and they have rolled off consecutive wins against ranked teams Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

“I think they’re legitimate,” former Virginia coach George Welsh said. “Well, they’ve gone through the – this is their first time on the road so they won and they played three ranked teams in the last three or four weeks. But I think they’re legitimate.”

Clemson has moved up 13 spots in the Scripps Legends Poll in the past two weeks since debuting at No. 21. As Welsh said, the eighth-ranked Tigers got their first road win in a dominating 23-3 victory at Virginia Tech.

“I’ve been impressed with Clemson,” said West Virginia legend Don Nehlen. “I think their wide receivers are very good and their quarterback has really got some talent. He’s young but if he continues to grow I think Clemson is going to be a team that’s going to be pretty darn good.  I like them and they play good defense and they’re a solid football team.  There’s no question about it.”

Clemson’s defense has continued to improve, having its best game of the season in Blacksburg. But quarterback Tajh Boyd and freshman receiver Sammy Watkins have carried the Tigers so far.

Boyd has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards, completing over 60 percent of his passes, and has a touchdown to interception ratio of 14-to-2. Boyd has also added two rushing touchdowns.

Watkins leads the team in receptions (31), receiving yards (471) and receiving touchdowns (6).

“Their big tight end (Dwayne Allen) is an outstanding player, too,” said former Alabama coach Gene Stallings. “You see him making plays all over the field.”

Do you think Clemson has a shot at the ACC title or even a national championship? Tell us in the comments.

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