Trying to say that Clemson's defense is not great is a joke. They totally shut out Ohio State. The difference in the game came when the stud Bama RB went down. Clemson could not stop him. When he left, the Bama running game was negated, forcing a below-average passing QB to try to move the ball through the air. It was over at that point.
All this does is support my contention that no team can win without being able to run the ball, and Stitt's teams can not run the ball. None of you have ever understood that my concerns about Stitt's offense are not that it is a spread offense, but rather it is the MOST EXTREME spread offense in the country, with ZERO tight ends on the squad, and no back who can provide a solid lead block for short-yardage and goal-line plays.
Just so you understand, Clemson has 6 tight ends on their roster, as well as a FB that they use for short-yardage situations, out of the spread. They also ran the pistol a few plays, something that is foreign to Bob Stitt. More importantly, Clemson's receivers run defined routes, and Stitt's don't. That is a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Finally, Sabin told reporter Joe Rivera today something about Alabama's offense this season getting away from what has been successful in past seasons, taking a subtle shot at Lane Kiffin going more to a spread offense.
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