Clemson football: Not many challenges left on the Tigers’ schedule

It’s very likely that Virginia Tech was the remaining challenge left on the schedule for the Clemson Tigers.

In front of a heavily maroon-clad crowd on Saturday, #2 Clemson took care of business against #16 Virginia Tech, and looked good doing it. If there was any doubt that there would be a championship hangover for the Tigers, they  put it to rest and may be a good bet to get to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff National Championship if they can hold up their end of the bargain.

But who has the best chance of knocking the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeaten?

Wake Forest will step into Death Valley on Saturday, with the improving program looking to hand coach Dave Clawson a signature victory in his fourth season. However, this is a team that needed a blocked field goal to defeat Appalachian State. Games at Syracuse and home against Georgia Tech follow, with a trip to NC State afterwards and a home date with Florida State falling on November 11. The Citadel heads into Memorial Stadium on November 18 before the regular season finale at South Carolina on November 25.

On one hand, none of those teams – certainly including The Citadel, despite developing into an FCS power – won’t really strike fear into the hearts of Tiger fans. At the beginning of the season, Florida State would have been a marquee game, but the Seminoles have struggled. We’ll know more about Georgia Tech after they take on Miami on Saturday. Syracuse will head into their matchup with Pitt on a two-game losing streak. NC State has a stiff test with #17 Louisville upcoming, with a win putting them at 3-0 in the Atlantic Division and helping them keep pace with the Tigers.

There might be questions raised as to whether or not a loss would do serious damage to the Tigers’ hopes of a repeat. Despite a last-second defeat against Pitt last year, they beat Wake Forest, Syracuse, and won the ACC Championship Game en route to a top four spot. This year, it could be a matter of the timing of such a loss and how the teams that would jump ahead of them do down the stretch, or the quality of the opponent they end up falling to. A loss to NC State probably won’t do too much to the Tigers’ resume; something crazy like losing to The Citadel could be a disaster.

Of course, Dabo Swinney would prefer that his Clemson squad remains undefeated. They’ve looked quite good over their first five games. At the rate they’re playing right now, a trip to Atlanta could be in their future.

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