Tigers face ‘third flavor’ of option offense in Ga. Tech in ACC opener

Updated: Sep. 18, 2018 at 7:31 PM EDT
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CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - No. 3 Clemson now sets their sights on the second of the four goals they wish to accomplish each year – win the division.

The Tigers, fresh off their 38-7 win over Georgia Southern will now hit the road to face Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday.

"Get eight conference games," said Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney. "Get no mulligans. They all count. They all matter. Then, you throw in the fact it's Clemson-Georgia Tech, one of the better rivalries in this conference."

Trips to Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field haven't always proven to be easy for Clemson. In 59 games, the Tigers have 13 wins against the Yellow Jackets. What makes it difficult is Georgia Tech's triple option. It has flustered Clemson's defense in the past. However, Swinney learned quickly that he and his staff would have to incorporate preparing to face Georgia Tech during the offseason if the Tigers wanted to be ready for it.

"If we're going to have a chance," Swinney said, "we're going to have to make this a part of what we do. If you don't, then you're going to be behind the eight ball."

Having that early preparation has helped the Tigers so far. Clemson has won the last three meetings between the two squads. Plus, the Tigers have already faced two option offenses this season.

"Everyone thinks option teams are all the same," Swinney said. "It's not. Furman and Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech are very different. It's all ice cream – It's strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. Different flavors of how they go about it."

Clemson travels to Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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