Its top three defensive linemen—Carlos Watkins, Christian Wilkins, and ACC defensive rookie of the year Dexter Lawrence—all weigh more than 300 pounds but can move like linebackers.It's no shock they combined for 31.5 tackles for loss, because most offenses can’t budge or elude all of them at once.Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.
This season, Watson has connected with six receivers at least 27 times; double-covering someone is bound to cause problems somewhere else.
If there’s a concern for Clemson, it’s having a complementary piece in the ground game to keep defenses honest and at the mercy of Watson on read-option calls and play-action heaves.
As evidenced by those numbers, Barrett at least can avoid critical mistakes and spread the ball around to multiple playmakers.
Curtis Samuel’s 58.7 rushing yards per game and 68.5 receiving yards per game make him the primary big-play threat, and it was his double-overtime scamper that beat Michigan to ensure the playoff berth.
ABC’s TV audience (16,841,000 viewers) surpassed the network’s Notre Dame-Texas game from opening weekend (Sept.