But things have been so inconsistent with Clemson that it hasn't had one phase of its team perform up to standards in each of the first two games of the year.
For at least one half of each game, the offense has been missing in action, while the defense has allowed three receivers and two runners to gain over 100 yards apiece. Even the special teams play has been suspect with inconsistent field goal kicking.
Are the Tigers at the cusp of a major collapse? It's possible, especially when you consider that even though Clemson is 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC, the team will enter its first road game on the brink of disaster.
A win this weekend at Texas A&M, and Clemson would almost be guaranteed a bowl game.
However, if Clemson were to lose for the second straight week, the Tigers could be in serious trouble. Following a trip to College Station, Tex., Clemson goes to Florida State and Virginia and could very easily be staring a 1-4 start right in the face.
And with a game at Miami, as well as home contests against Maryland and N.C. State, winning five more the rest the way to qualify for the postseason will be difficult to do.
"I think we know that we're definitely into the mean of the schedule," Clemson center Tommy Sharpe said. "But every team is tough. If you look too far ahead, you can't see what's in front of you."
With this major fork in the road, even some of the players are waiting to see which team shows up. Will it be the Clemson that rallied late to beat Wake Forest or the one that blew a 10-point lead against Georgia Tech in the final minutes?
"People are anxious to see how we're going to respond," offensive lineman Roman Fry said. "How are we going to respond? This is a very big game. It's as big as any game on the schedule. I'm anxious to see how the team is going to respond going into Texas A&M."
While the Aggies defeated Wyoming 31-0 Saturday, it seems fairly clear that Clemson controls its own destiny. If the Tigers play well, there seems little doubt they should win.
But as of yet, that hasn't happened. They lost to a team predicted to finish ninth in the ACC and just barely beat at team predicted to finish eighth. If Texas A&M were in the ACC, it would probably be picked to finish in that area as well.
"I think everybody knows that we're a lot better than what we've showed," Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst said. "I think the stuff we're doing wrong is correctable."
To his credit, Whitehurst, a junior, has taken on some of the blame.
While very few folks question his arm or ability, it appears as though he has struggled at times through the first two games.
He is, after all, the only quarterback in the league that has played two games that has completed less than 50 percent of his passes. He is also only one of two quarterbacks with more interceptions than touchdown passes and he has the second worst passing efficiency rating in the ACC.
But offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain said a lot of the passing numbers are very misleading.
"We've had 13 or 14 throwaways, and that's too many," he said. "You take away the throwaways in two games and the five dropped passes during the last game and things look a lot different.
"Don't base it all on percentages. The passes have been difficult. He's thrown a lot of deep passes. If he was wild and erratic and throwing the ball all over the field, then I'd be worried.
"I'd like for it to be 65 percent. But it's hard to throw for 65 percent completion percentage when you have 14 throwaways and five drops."
While Charlie hasn't played bad in either of the Tigers' first two games, he does admit that he'd like to take his game to a higher level this week.
"I think I can play better," Whitehurst said. "I think I'm capable of playing good enough to outscore teams. If I can get going, it would definitely be a catalyst for us."
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