-So why was Tech so bad offensively against a mediocre Clemson defense last year? It wasn’t because Clemson was stealing signals. “Now, did we have a few little tendencies here or there? Yes. Everybody does,” Mike O’Cain says. “But he had no signals. They did a good job. They had a good plan against us. And you give them credit. And then we didn’t execute real well what we did.” Andy explores in that post what did go wrong and has some good notes on J.C. Coleman and the rest of the offense.
-Tech extends its series with East Carolina through 2020.
-Here’s more on the challenge of stopping the Clemson offense.
-Clemson is rested and ready following the bye week, eager to avoid a second half letdown like it had last year. “The second half of the season is very important to this program,” quarterback Tajh Boyd says. “We’ve got to punch it into full gear now.”
-The Vegas line, which opened at Clemson by 11, is down to 8.5.
-Freshman defensive end Eli Harold has shown “superstar potential” in the trenches.
-The Cavs are a 3.5-point home favorite over Wake Forest.
-Probably a good idea to make your Fearless Forecasters picks today if you’re into that sort of thing. Slate is here.
-Nick Saban forces one of his defensive lineman to write an apology to Missouri for this tackle in the waning minutes of a blowout.
-ACC media day will be televised at 1 p.m. on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. At 6 p.m., ESPNU will have something called “ACC coaches roundtables.” At 9 p.m., ESPNU will look at ACC, Big East and Big 12 media days.
-Justin Verlander does what Justin Verlander does, taking a shutout into the ninth inning in Detroit’s 2-1 victory over the Yankees. New York faces elimination at 8 p.m. on TBS. The pinstripers will have CC Sabathia on the mound against Max Scherzer.
-I would have played Alex Rodriguez last night, but Joe Girardi sat him. Just think A-Rod’s in a better mental place on the road.
-Giants and Cardinals get back at it at 4 p.m. today on WFXR, with the series tied at a game apiece. Matt Cain against Kyle Lohse.
-The U.S. beats Guatemala 3-1 to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying.
NAME THAT TUNE
Well I heard that you’re leavin’ (leavin’)
Gonna leave me far behind (so far behind)
‘Cause you found a brand new lover
You decided that I’m not your kind (aahh..)
So I pulled (I pulled) your name out (name out) of my Rolodex (oohh..)
And I tore all your pictures in two
And I burned down the malt shop where we used to go
Just because it reminds me of you (dippity dippity doo)
That’s right (that’s right) you ain’t gonna see me cryin’
I’m glad (I’m glad) that you found somebody new
‘Cause I’d rather spend eternity eating shards of broken glass…