Wake Forest (3-2) will welcome the undefeated No. 3 Clemson Tigers (5-0) into Winston-Salem next Saturday with a 3:30, ESPN kickoff. If yesterday’s traffic surrounding the Dixie Classic Fair is indicative at all of the game on Saturday, then I would highly suggest getting to the game at least 3-4 hours ahead of kickoff.
The general parking lot at the Joel was full nearly two full hours ahead of the Rice kickoff yesterday (also a 3:30 game), and with the fanfare that Clemson brings to Winston each year it will likely be closed well before that.
Clemson managed to stage a big fourth quarter comeback to stun Syracuse and keep its undefeated record in tact. It now sits at 5-0, but the fate of starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence is very much up in the air due to a hit he sustained in the first half. It is likely he has a concussion or a neck injury, and the staff may not be in a huge hurry to get him back for this week.
Since Kelly Bryant announced his transfer the day after head coach Dabo Swinney named the freshman Lawrence as the starter, the backups are a bit low on experience for the Tigers.
Three-star Chase Brice came in and looked shaky early on, but converted on a huge 4th and 6 that extended the game and ultimately led to a Tigers win. I would expect Swinney to rely heavily on Travis Etienne, a sensational running back who is forcing his way into the Heisman conversation.
Wake Forest put on a dominant performance against an undermanned Rice team, as Sam Hartman and Greg Dortch had fantastic days en route to a 56-24 victory.
This week is another massive chance for Dave Clawson and Wake Forest to get a program-defining win and knock off a top ten team for the first time since 1946. We will have all the coverage here for you this week on Blogger So Dear, so stay tuned!