By "Pitt" I'm referring to those Pitt teams under Walt Harris that were always mediocre and yet every game was either a close win or a straight up loss for us. We could never handle them. Then those Pitt teams would go on to get destroyed by other mediocre teams. I think Clemson might be our new Pitt because of that since that Clemson team last year was the same ole Clemson from the Bowden years, but we managed to lose twice to them. They're a typical 8 win Clemson team without those two wins against us.
Someone uploaded the WVU/Clemson Orange Bowl on YouTube and all I can say is I hope Frank Beamer wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about those two losses. Either we still have major and I mean major issues on offense or we're clearly tipping the other team off and they know what's coming.
You go back and watch that Orange Bowl and you see Clemson can't handle short passing routes, their tackling is horrible, and they have zero discipline on defense overall. Then I turn and watch a few clips from BOTH of our games against them and we're getting absolutely blown off the ball by a group that got blownout by NC State, South Carolina, and needed a 4th quarter comeback to win the Atlantic against Wake Forest at home. Otherwise, we likely beat Wake Forest and then play WVU in the Orange Bowl.
To say that those two particular games against Clemson were appalling would be an understatement. All we could muster against that horrid defense was ONE TD in TWO games? WVU had (I believe) 24 points at the end of the first quarter against their defense.
I guess the tide was going to turn eventually as we totally owned Clemson in similar fashion up until last year. It was like a total change. We knew what they were doing on offense, knew they were soft, and just beat them up and down the field. It was like a total role-reversal last year.
Last year could have been a truly special season had we beat Clemson twice and then beat WVU in the Orange Bowl. We probably would have ended up #3. Instead, we got blownout both times and then pulled one of the all-time chokes against a mediocre Michigan team in the Sugar Bowl. It takes a special type of "choke" to outgain an opponent 2-1 and manage to lose the game.
Simply put, that spread offense at Clemson is apparently an even worse matchup for our defense than GT's triple option. We were constantly out of place, leaving guys wide open, and just not playing sound football at all.
And now? Idiot Dabo will be looking to go 3-0 against us. I hope we have that game circled, but it sure didn't do much to have it circled last year after the first blowout loss.
How about a little reminder....
Thu Jun 21 2012, 11:58 PM #17