With the national title game now just one week away, much of the focus has centered on how Brent Venables and the Clemson defense will have its hands full trying to slow down an explosive LSU offense. Led by QB Joe Burrow, and an elite set of skill players, it just might be the best offense in the history of the sport.
The national media seems to have already awarded them that crown, despite the fact they have one game remaining. That one game just happens to come against Clemson though, a team that ranks number one scoring defense (11.5 PPG) and number one in pass defense (152 YPG). They also rank second in total defense (264 YPG), and just happen to be led by the nations best defensive coordinator in Brent Venables.
One of the biggest keys for Clemson to win this game will fall on the shoulders of that defense. Shutting the LSU offense down completely isn’t very feasible, but slowing it down is a must. Getting into a track meet against this LSU team isn’t the best recipe for success, even if Clemson has Trevor Lawrence on the opposite side of the field.