Thanks to the early season run of the Clemson Tigers and the relative weakness of the ACC, they clinched a bid to the ACC Championship game long ago. Since clinching that bid, Clemson has collapsed. After an embarrassing loss to a below-average NC State Wolfpack team, the Tigers were defeated by Connor Shaw and the South Carolina Gamecocks in last week's Battle for the Palmetto State.
They can still get to the BCS by beating the Virginia Tech Hokies a second straight time, but Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland isn't exactly a place for optimism at the moment. They're currently ripping their team for their predictable offense, their poor defensive fundamentals, and their allegedly terrible strength and conditioning program. They're already predicting an inevitable collapse against VT, lamenting where it all went wrong.
This team is soft. They've shown that over this last month. To start the season 8-0 only to lose three of four is mind-numbing, even for a Clemson fan. On Saturday, Clemson has an opportunity to do what they haven't in 20 years. Win a damn ACC title. Nobody thinks they can do it, not Vegas, not the pundits, and not most of its fans.
A gigantic black cloud is moving northeast from Clemson and will hover over Charlotte on Saturday.