Keys to Victory: No. 4 Clemson at Georgia Tech


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Each week, we give you an overview of the game’s history, the three keys to success, as well as Swanny’s prediction.

The matchup:

No. 4 Clemson (0-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

Although Monday’s game will be played away from Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, the game will be officially recognized as a Georgia Tech home game. The game marks the first time since the 2009 ACC Championship (Tampa, Fla.) that the teams have faced off off campus and the first time the programs have done so for a regular season game since 1899, when the Tigers won at home. a 41-5 victory on Thanksgiving Day in Greenville, SC This game is also notable because of a prank play in which Clemson’s WC Forsythe asked Georgia Tech to chase him by feigning a run with his headgear under the arm as MN Hunter ran 40 yards down the touchlines for the score.

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech 2021

Series history:

  • GENERAL: Clemson Trails Series, 34-51-2
  • HOME: Clemson leads the series, 17-6
  • ROAD: Clemson Trails series, 15-44-2
  • NEUTRAL: Clemson leads, 2-1
  • LAST MEETING: Sep 18, 2021 (14-8, W)
  • SERIES: Clemson, won 7

Statistics of the week:

Clemson enters the season with an active winning streak against 11 of the 12 teams on its schedule. The Tigers’ active winning streaks are against Furman (31), Wake Forest (13), Boston College (11), Georgia Tech (seven), Louisville (seven), South Carolina (seven), Florida State (six), Syracuse (four), Louisiana Tech (three), Miami (three), and Notre Dame (one). NC State won its last meeting with Clemson in 2021.

Continuing the story:

Clemson is trying to win a fourth straight road game against Georgia Tech. Prior to the three-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Clemson won consecutive games at Georgia Tech four more times in school history (1902-03, 1906-07, 1986-88, 2001-03 )

Key 1: Click early, click often

Last season seemed like an endless loop of Clemson’s attack sputtering and stuttering on the court. Whether these issues are due to a below-average offensive line, injuries, or just DJ Uiagalelei’s inefficiency is truly insignificant at this point. It’s a new season, and it looks like a leaner Uiagalelei has been a more confident Uiagalelei.

Clemson is in the spotlight after a crazy Week 1, and I bet they want to show that this year is going to be a lot different on offense under new OC Brandon Streeter.

If Uiagalelei and the Tigers can come out and gain plenty of confidence early on, it’s conceivable that their woes from a year ago will be put on the back burner – if they don’t click, watch out, because the most important six inches on the pitch will be between Uiagalelei’s ears.

Key 2: Defensive Dominance

The Wes Goodwin era begins tonight for the long haul, and by all indications he’s primed his band to play fast and free. A year ago, when the offense was struggling, the Tiger defense also didn’t do much by putting points on the board to help a struggling offense.

Clemson’s bread has been buttered recently with incredible talent on defense, and this year is no different, but it would be a nice change of pace to see Goodwin’s group put some points on the board, giving the team more confidence. attack and allowing them to play ample.

I don’t know what the over/under is on Clemson’s defensive scores this year in Vegas, but in my head I think they need to score four or more touchdowns this season and become an even bigger factor for the Tigers.

Key 3: Stay healthy

From “No Brainer Department” comes my final key to Clemson. Last season was marred by injuries in a multitude of positions. While the Tigers have the depth to overcome injuries, it would be nice to have a season where they are minimized. Dabo Swinney noted last week that it takes “a bit of luck” to win a national title, and that’s exactly what’s needed this year from an injury standpoint.

There are so many guys who have just gone through countless banging games, and even if no one is 100% going into the opener, I find myself cheering on a guy like Joe Ngata to stay healthy. There’s so much potential for Ngata, but even Swinney had to laugh after mentioning how good the Folsom, CA was in the fall, noting that we’ve all heard that before. Hoping it’s a good season for the group, but especially for a guy like Ngata, who has just been beaten up many times.


The fly-half is key for Clemson, there’s no doubt about it. Swinney noted last week that his seven ACC Championship teams won their opener and all six of his CFB playoff teams did the same. It’s safe to say that a good start goes a long way at Tiger Town.

As for tonight’s game, I think the key for Clemson is to really get the offense in a good positive rhythm. There wasn’t a moment last year when the Tigers “felt like themselves” to anyone who covered their run during college football’s playoff era.

This defense is more than capable of wreaking havoc, but until I see this offense blister a Power Five opponent, I’ll have my reservations that they can put a 50+ spot on the board.

Clemson 31, Georgia Tech 14

Swanny’s predictions:

Date Schedule predictions 2021 Swanny’s prediction Actual score
9-5-2021 No. 4 Clemson @ Georgia Technology 31-14 Clemson

* correct predictions in bold


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