12/31/2012 09:37 AM
This will be fascinating stuff no matter who has the ball.
What an enormous statement Clemson can make if its ridiculously talented, explosive offense wins the day against LSU’s dynamite defense. It could happen, too. There’s great talent in LSU’s front—Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo et al.—but Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is great at buying extra time with his feet, and LSU’s pass rush has been less than dominant this season. (Although, as Boyd’s offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, points out, LSU was able to pressure Johnny Manziel with a three-man rush.)
If Boyd has time to throw, how much downfield success will DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins have? Has LSU had to deal with a receiving duo like Hopkins and Watkins in the SEC? Don’t think so.
“I think we have the best receivers in the country,” Clemson center Dalton Freeman said. “We have the home-run threat every time we touch the ball.”