Sound Off: Clemson passes tough test, strengthens College Football Playoff résumé

Clemson (8-1) passed perhaps its toughest remaining regular season test last Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., claiming a Textile Bowl win over fellow ACC founding member North Carolina State and getting closer to playing for yet another league championship.

Once again, the Tigers and Wolfpack played a game that came down to the wire, and it was no surprise that the battle-tested defending national champions came out on top with a 38-31 win by making enough big plays in all three phases.

One week after he had his first-career 2-touchdown passing game, first-year starting quarterback Kelly Bryant overcame a slow start through the air and put together another strong game on the ground. His legs were a big difference as he finished with 88 yards and 2 scores on 20 rushes.

Next up for Dabo Swinney’s squad is a clash with Florida State on Saturday afternoon in what was supposed to be the game of the year in the ACC before Jimbo Fisher’s team imploded. However, FSU still boasts a defense that is capable of rising to the occasion and giving the Clemson offense some fits.

In this week’s episode of Sound Off, presented by Zaxby’s, ACC DieHards writers Dave Miller and Joe McCaffrey discuss the biggest storylines surrounding the Tigers as they look to make their third straight College Football Playoff.

Clemson gears up for clash with former power Florida State

Here are some time stamps to guide you:

  • Where do the Tigers fit into the College Football Playoff mix with a new set of rankings set to be released? (2:16)
  • Is a potential 1-loss ACC champion Clemson a lock for the CFP? (3:36)
  • Florida State is next up for Dabo Swinney’s squad. What should we know about the 2017 Seminoles? (4:30)
  • What’s the No. 1 thing Clemson fans should worry about in regards to this FSU team? (5:54)

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