Clemson lost to Duke by 21 points last night, which is something that happens with some regularity in basketball but certainly not in football. At least for a long, long time. The Tigers were looking to get off on the right foot after a surprisingly pedestrian campaign last year and instead invited all types of questions about a crumbling dynasty. There are fewer plays in the college game now with the running clock and yet most teams have been able to muster more than a single scoring drive.
Quarterback Cade Klubnik did not have a game to write home about, completing 27 of 43 passes for 209 yards, the single touchdown and an interception. He also had a bit of an odd exchange with Dabo Swinney while coming off the field after yet another unproductive drive in the third quarter.
Coach went in for a high-five and was left hanging. Which could be explained away but is certainly a bit more noteworthy based on Swinney's reaction to being snubbed.
Probably nothing and we're not trying to blow anything out of proportion. But getting blown out be a middle-of-the-road conference opponent in Week 1 puts extra amplification on stuff. And considering how dominant Florida State looked, we could be looking at a totally different ACC.
Perhaps everything's just fine in Death Valley. If it's not, though, there's going to be a lot of people who enjoy the wheels falling off.