Sugar Bowl vs Alabama

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    Most of the stuff is pre-made well in advance. They pickGrey because you can use it for all the teams.

    It is the same reason those championship hats are not team specific colors. Makes materials way cheaper if you can order them way in advance and in larger quantities.
     
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    He had 67 vs GT, 88 vs NCSU, and 60 vs FSU. The remaining three games were blowouts.
     
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    I'm talking about watching him run the ball. He can't make anybody miss and he hasn't been able to beat guys to the edge like he did early in the season.
     
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    I agree - look at the burst he had off the broken tackle touchdown run against Auburn - he hasn't flashed that burst or speed since he tweaked his ankle. The TD run against Miami was close, but still not quite the same.
     
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    Opposing coaches break down College Football Playoff field: Clemson and Alabama
    The semifinal games of the College Football Playoff are hallmarked by contrasting styles. No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Oklahoma have thrived with diverse spread offenses that can stretch the field and utilize tempo to make opponents uncomfortable. No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama have kept their pro-style souls, although the Crimson Tide have evolved some in recent seasons with dual-threat Jalen Hurts at quarterback.

    How will Clemson and Alabama match up in the Sugar Bowl? How will Oklahoma and Georgia match up in Rose Bowl? Yahoo Sports spoke with coaches who’ve faced them this season to break down their strengths and weaknesses, trading their honesty for anonymity.

    Here’s how they viewed the vulnerabilities and strengths of Clemson and Alabama.

    No. 1 Clemson

    “I think Clemson is going to repeat as national champions, as I really think they are the complete package. Kelly Bryant is playing lights out for them right now, and at any level of football if you have a great quarterback and a great defense you are going to win. I really think their advantage against Alabama is going to be up front, as I think Alabama’s offense is going to be stymied by those guys on the defensive line. Clemson’s best strength is defending the run and that neutralizes what Alabama does best.

    “When defensive end Clelin Ferrell wants to go, he’s unblockable. The combination of his quickness and his twitch with his size is unique. One of the most unique players in the game is Christian Wilkins, as he can kick out and play on an island vs. a tackle or a guard or isolate on the nose and play one-on-one with the center. They allow him to rotate inside and out and he can do it all.

    “The thing that stands out about their secondary is how physical they are. Tanner Muse will knock your tail off, as he comes downhill to stop the run or can help the corner over the top. Clemson’s corners are very physical, can line up and play press. They were the one team we played this year where we needed to manufacture guys getting open, as we knew going in we couldn’t get open on our own.

    “Offensively, their line is much improved. They aren’t a finesse spread team, as their tackles play physical. Their whole deal is that they end up fatiguing people, as they can run sideline to sideline but still exploit you down the field. Once they get their offense opened up, they tire you out with all their skill. I think they’ll do that again to Alabama.”

    No. 4 Alabama
    “First of all, I don’t think they’ll lose to Clemson two years in a row. Nick Saban rarely loses to a team two years in a row. My trust isn’t in the team. My vote and guess is on Nick.

    “But this is a different Alabama team than in past years. They don’t have the alpha guy inside on the front. It’s just a different team for them. They don’t have the same threats that they had at rush end in past years. Now he has to be a little more exotic on third down. That means the focus for Clemson should be to get three or four yards each down up the middle. Running sideways on them is hard because their defense still runs really well. But this is a different Alabama team up front, you can hit them in the mouth and get three or four yards between the tackles.


    “They’ve been jumping up and down about all of their injuries at linebacker. But in all the years that I’ve played Alabama, even when someone got hurt, someone else went in and it was fine. This is the first year they were really complaining about it, which to me tells you something.

    “I don’t think it’s a huge talent deficit compared to years past; Da’Shawn Hand is a good player on the defensive line, Minkah Fitzpatrick is a good player in the secondary and Raekwon Davis is a good player on the line. But up front, I just think there’s a different mentality because they are so young. On tape, they’re getting knocked back up front. And it’s just that mentality that hasn’t been developed.

    “On defense against them, it’s easy. You need to double cover No. 3 [Calvin Ridley]. Everything goes through No. 3. I think Jalen Hurts is the most talented quarterback in the league, or I should say he’s the most talented athlete in the league. I don’t think he processes information well. He’s gifted. He can throw the deep ball to Ridley and Jerry Jeudy. But that’s it. Other than that, they’re running the ball.

    “What Clemson needs to do is stop the run and make him a passer, because they really haven’t asked him to do it that much.

    “An area of concern against Clemson is Alabama’s offensive line. They’re not that good. I don’t see them being as in sync as they’ve been in the past. They’re not maulers. They’re playing like five tailbacks, which seems better for recruiting – ‘Get the carries and save yourself for the NFL’ – than reality. They don’t have the warhorses at tailback that they’ve had in past years, like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, because they’re going from guy to guy to guy. There’s some games you watch and wonder why they aren’t giving the ball to Bo Scarbrough more.”
     
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    Do we think this is an issue with the ankle? Seems like it should be healed up by now unless it was broken or something. Maybe he's gaining weight?
     
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    Is it just me or does Bryant have terrible vision when running the ball? Seems like he always misses the hole, and/or doesn't see tacklers in his peripherals. It seems as though his physicality has bailed him out on some 3rd down/goal line runs where he takes a terrible angle but uses his strength to make it through after contact.

    To be as fast as he is, I honestly thought he would have had broken off more long runs this year, but it just hasn't materialized. Watson is/was a much better runner despite being a step or two slower.
     
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    I don't agree that he's terrible in any aspect of his game, but I don't think he has plus vision. Doesn't have good awareness of where the line to gain is, either. Overall he's a plus runner as a QB but not a special one.
     
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    One thing I liked in the Miami game is that it was clear we had incorporated outside screen passes to our RB's, (ETN). That seemed like it was going to be our secret sauce in that game, that we wound up not needing, and thus not going back to after the 1st quarter. I hope we see some more of that against Alabama. I like ETN's chances on the outside if he can get catch it.
     
  11. Cutig

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    I feel like every game towards the end of the season we showed something new early then didn’t go back to anything creative because none of it mattered
     
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    KB doesn't have as good of vision that I thought coming into the season, but overall I wouldn't say it's terrible. He's made some great cuts and also some that turn straight into a defender. He does look a step slower, most noticeably when trying to change direction when running it. It wouldn't surprise me if the ankle is still injured, but this month off between games can really help with that.

    If Jarrett Stidham can get some yards on the ground against Alabama, I'm sure KB can find ways to hurt them.

    Alabama will be healed up in spots, so I figure they're going to fix some problems by January. Clemson getting some rest for #90 and #57 is going to be big, too.
     
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    I don't know how they are going to score without OJ howard. The guy who magically gets open. Also the guy who tackled our defenders on Bo Scarborough's TD runs last year.

    I'm interested in seeing how many holding no-calls they get this year.
     
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    I think they're going to be green. It'll be 2-3 months since some of these guys have taken a snap. That plays into our hands
     
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    I'd like to see stats on our 1st 2nd 3rd quarter offense ppg vs alabamas opponents 1,2,3 qtr. We've gone conservative halfway through the 3rd quarter most games this season which have deflated our ypg numbers from what they should be.
     
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    At minimum opposing defenses know he's a threat to run and the threat in and of itself is a huge factor. Agreed....if Stidham can do it then bama should know they are in trouble. Just the threat that KB is a better runner is enough in my opinion.
     
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    What I've noticed and it was touched on by TE or Dabo (I think...) was that we are looking for tendencies from the defense. That's why we are conservative and then every once in a while we blow the door open. We are able to do this because our defense is so stout. The offense is just able to poke here and there for a while to see what the defense is going to give us.
    If we look at this game on paper it definitely does not tell you the whole story. I think Bama is in for a rough night and by far this is their biggest challenge.
     
  20. Cutig

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    I guess it makes sense. Avoid turnovers and just take what we can get. It worked. But we likely won’t jump all over Bama and be able to sit back and wait for what they show us
     
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    did laugh when when one bama fan said he doesn't have the wheels Watson does when that's the one thing he does have on him
     
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    When Auburn beat Bama they used a TON of quick WR screens to the outside. It usually only went for 4 yards or so but it kept the down and distance manageable.

    Stidham was good that game but that was a big reason he completed 75% of his passes.
     
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    Looked not awful on the 15 yard TD run to the pylon last weekend
     
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    Trip booked minus tickets. Being a Clemson fan is expensive as fuck


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    Does it seem like our coaches are doing a lot of non recruiting or game planning activities?

    Dabo at CFB HOF banquet
    BV and TE at Broyles
    All the potential interviews/HC jobs
     
  28. Cutig

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    Same as every other bowl season. Probably less award banquets this season than the last few.
     
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    They did the same things last year
     
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    It’s not like they are alone. The other team coaches are also at the events
     
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    I miss the Bowden days....when we didn’t have all these coaches going to these fancy banquets and everyone was laser focused on the Humanitarian Bowl...
     
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    It’s not exactly a horrible detriment to recruiting to tell a kid “hey I’m sorry I wasn’t at your school today, I had to be Wherever to accept an award for being the best at what I do.”


    Edit: shit I thought the was the recruiting thread. Laps taken.
     
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    Early signing period is very unfair to teams that make conference championship games.

    2015 was the worst with awards ceremonies, Heisman ceremony, etc
     
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