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The Kraken’s Lair Gamethread: ACCCG vs. Pitt ’18

Tonight, our beloved Tigers attempt to win the program’s 4th straight ACC Championship in football.  If that should happen, it would be a major accomplishment.  Winning tonight would certainly lead to a 4th straight selection to the College Football Playoff. That is also a major accomplishment.  We just beat our hated rival by three TDs to win our 5th straight over them. That hasn’t been done in any of our lifetimes. So are we a spoiled fanbase? No, I don’t think so.

I think the reason some fans briefly “felt like it was a loss” last week was because they weren’t properly prepared. We should know that just a hint of a good performance, not a win, was going pull Cockfan out of the woodwork. Tiger fans saw one little “#2 my ass” comment from a Gamecock, and being unprepared, they got their feelings hurt. Folks, I’m hear to tell you that if that happens, it’s on you. These guys are bringing a knife to a gun fight here.

You know their routine already. It’s deflect, deflect, SEC, deflect. If this bothers you, you don’t get mad at Dabo. You remind Cockfan of the ass-kicking they just took. Ok, Jake Bentley had a good game. He’s also 0-3 vs. Clemson and headed straight for a “Reverse Whitehurst” next year. Maybe we should give him the “Best Loser” Trophy so Gamecock can win something. If Cockfan says “#2 my ass,” you remind them that the only time they’re ever going to see #2 is in the ice maker at their stadium.  C’mon guys and gals, this is candy from a baby.

In all seriousness though, we’ve got conference championship weekend this week, so we’ll have meaningful football on all day. Of course, this will be the last day of meaningful college football until December 29th, so we better enjoy it. We probably won’t know who’s going to get that #4 spot until tomorrow, but we could know 3 of the 4 playoff teams by 11pm. We know Notre Dame is in as either the #2 or #3 spot depending on what happens in our game.


12:00, SECN Alt, Akron at South Carolina

12:00, ABC, #14 Texas vs. #5 Oklahoma

3:30, ABC, Memphis vs. #8 UCF

4:00, CBS, #4 Georgia vs. #1 Alabama

8:00, ABC, Pitt vs. #2 Clemson

8:00. FOX, #21 Northwestern vs. #6 Ohio St. 


Clemson vs. Pitt

Pitt is an interesting team to me because, stylistically, they are pretty much what I envisioned a successful Clemson program might look like in 2008. Based on the offensive personnel we had at the time, multiple hybrid TEs/Hs on the field, we would bring a commitment to a downhill rushing attack like we had in the 1980s. On defense, they are very aggressive, a lot like the style Coach Venables uses right now.

Offensively, Pitt has a good OL that is possibly a touch overrated based on all of the All ACC selections. I guess we’ll see about that tonight. They definitely want to overpower the defensive front and run the football. They have two good RBs. They are listed at the same weight, but Ollison has the “big back” role and Hall is the change of pace guy.

The QB, Pickett, is similar to Kelly Bryant in the way that he needs the running game to open up the passing game. He is not as good of a runner as Bryant (or passer), but he can get first downs with his legs.

Pitt has shown that they are feast or famine on both sides of the ball. I’m hoping for famine tonight. No team has been able to run on us yet, so I have to doubt that it happens tonight. If they can’t run the ball, that’s the key to a famine game for them offensively. I expect us to come out and commit to stopping the run and to see if Pickett can beat us with his arm. If he can do that, they could hang around for a while.

Defensively, they are a havoc-style defense like us, so it will be important that we pick up the blitzes up front and that Trevor Lawrence makes good decisions. This will be a good test for Lawrence. In the way that BC confused him for a bit, Pitt will certainly try to do the same. They forced Ian Book of Notre Dame into throwing a couple INTs that helped keep the game close.

The key to the game should be whether or not we can get chunk yardage with Etienne and the RBs. Because they are aggressive, if we get RBs to the 2nd level, they will be one missed tackle away from a big gainer. If we can run consistently on them, and I think there’s a good chance we can, it’s possible we can run away from them before halftime.

They do have a very good kicker, but hopefully the game isn’t close enough to where that factors in. They also have a good Kick Returner, so hopefully Potter is launching touchbacks.

In the 2016 game that they won, their OC at the time, Matt Canada, found a slight schematic/discipline flaw in our defense and exploited it with the TE shovel option play. I expect them to have some special plays cooked up for us tonight, although it’s anybody’s guess what those might be.

I do think South Carolina threw out a nice little blueprint last week and I expect to see 3 receivers to the boundary side and, sometime within the first 10 plays, the dreaded slot post. They absolutely have to check the oil there and hopefully we have fixed that in practice this week. If we haven’t, I might need to log off due to the large amount of expletives I will be dropping in the gamethread.

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Tiger Lee
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Who would we rather face in the playoffs, OSU or OU? OU has weaker defense but Murray is scary to defend.

CTB
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OU. Ohio State could fix their issues on D with a month to prepare.

CTB
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Funny to see Oklahoma get the calls over Texas

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

I am having flashbacks of our secondary from last week watching this Big 12 championship game.

ksuriano
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ksuriano

Texas self imploded, but credit OU for their tenancity.

Amazed by Bama’s hot starts all year. Having said that, I’m not too proud to admit that I loved Tua’s INT and glad to see him waddle off to the injury tent.

UGA will need to change its offense a bit to negate BAMA’s pass rush.

ksuriano
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ksuriano

Alabama defenses showing they are not uaed to getting smacked in the mouth. If UGA can close out the half with a big defensive stop, thing will get real interesting.

ksuriano
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ksuriano

Got it!

UGA’s last TD drive was 13 plays and 7:25 long. Another score that runs out the half would be stellar.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Kraken, UGA is showing us what you have been preaching. Make the defense respect all aspects of the field. They are running and throwing at will on Bama

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Not a well-designed fake punt by UGA

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Just FYI – every use of iPushPull just destroys Firefox. Chrome is okay with it.

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Hurts getting it done. Just over a minute left and Bama takes their first lead of the game.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

MTD – Northwestern will beat the bucknutz

CTB
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Got it

CTB
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Bama needed a QB but Tua was too hurt and his receivers kept dropping passes in Q1. Tua is hardcore though.

Hurts is better than last year.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Wilkins is pissed he did not score

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

You know he is. I hope somebody is giving him grief for getting tackled from behind.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

One more MTD – Wilkins throws a touchdown tonight.

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Either to TL or Will Swinney

CTB
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Got it

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

There is your high point

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Second teamers need to step up

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Not seeing a lot of 2nd teamers there.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

The 1st two plays it was on our d line

hanklee89
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hanklee89

Did you see AJ pull up there? Looked like he was afraid of getting called for a late hit on the sideline.

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

Not a surprise tbh

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

We really have had 2 good plays on offense. They need to show up and get better play calling

hanklee89
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hanklee89

Paging the Clemson coaches’ booth: Give it to No. 9

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

I wonder if they’re concerned about an injury given the field conditions

hanklee89
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hanklee89

How was that not DPI on third down? He held, didn’t turn around, was early…

KurtlikeVonnegut
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For fucks sake this team pisses me off sometimes.

hanklee89
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hanklee89

What is it about Pitt only needing one play to dominate our defense?

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

The genius kid is at a lunch break. What the hell

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Why not renfrow

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

KLV is that was pisses you off. We look like shit and than come back and look amazing.

KurtlikeVonnegut
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It’s exactly that. This game could be 28-3 right now.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Yes

hanklee89
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hanklee89

If we ever adopted the terminator style Bama uses we’d probably get a lot more respect, too.

I understand why Dabo does what he does. And I can’t argue with the end results, but it does feel they live on the edge a little too much than necessary.

hanklee89
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hanklee89

Tee has taken a huge leap this year. Can’t wait to see what he’s doing next year with a full offseason working with Trevor.

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

What’s up with Potter? Not consistently even reaching the goal line.

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Did they miss a famask against arod

CTB
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Pickett is 3/12 for 5 yards and an INT. Secondary making a statement

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Herbstreit is high. How can UGA get in over a conference champion. Come on man

mlp-mx6
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mlp-mx6

No 2-loss team belongs in this year.

hanklee89
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hanklee89

Especially after blowing a 14-point lead in the second half to a backup quarterback. That’s just silly

CTB
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Let’s not pretend Tua was healthy either. Reminded my of Syracuse last year

PeeDeeTiger
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PeeDeeTiger

Worki

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