Judgment call

Is the Clemson run defense that good or is Boston College running back Andre Williams just a tad bit overrated? Perhaps it's a little bit of both.

Over the month of November, Williams has picked up steam as a Heisman Trophy candidate, and rightfully so. First in the country with 2,073 yards on the ground, Williams is running away with the country's rushing title.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is second with 1,755 yards. But he's played 12 games and Williams still has the regular season finale to play Syracuse on Saturday. Both, of course, will appear in a bowl game, but Lynch will get an extra game to gain ground with the MAC Championship game.

Williams is also first in the country with 320 carries. Ka'Deem Carey, who missed Arizona's first game of the season, is second with 290.

The Boston College senior is tied for sixth in the country in rushing touchdowns [16] with Stanford's Tyler Gaffney, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Carey.

The yardage total for Williams is even more impressive when his performances against Southern Cal and Clemson are taken into consideration. Against the Trojans, he had 38 yards. Three weeks later against the Tigers, he had 70.

That two-game total [108] is less than every other single-game total this season.

While that certainly is impressive, it's worth looking at it this way: Williams has had two stinkers this season.

Doesn't one bad game usually result in a boot from the Heisman race?

Usually…it did for Tajh Boyd, who seemingly fell off the face of the Heisman planet after the Florida State game.

But there's still could be time for Boyd to get back into the race. Might he earn an invite to New York with a win and a strong performance on Saturday against South Carolina?

He should.

Through 11 games, Boyd is 15th in the country in completion percentage [67.3 percent], 12th in passing yards [3,248], 11th in yards per game [295.3] 10th in yards per attempt [9.4], seventh in touchdowns [29], seventh in passer rating [169.80].

And his team is 10-1.

Chad Morris said a strong finish could do wonders for Boyd's bid for the Heisman.

"I think if he finishes strong then he's got a great chance to get there. I think that's his whole deal. He's got to finish strong then we look up Dec. 1…he's going to have a chance," Morris said.

It certainly helps that Clemson and South Carolina will be on a "primetime stage" this Saturday night.

"You only have so many primetime stages you get to perform on, and you've got to take advantage of it," Morris said. "Obviously, he didn't play his best [against Florida State]. He knows that. We all know that.

"But, I think, if he finishes strong, he'll be fine."

Just look at what a strong finish has done for Williams.

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