The ACC is not very thought of as a conference, and it is for that reason that most people feel that the Clemson Tigers will once again waltz their way to the College Football Playoff. That idea, however, got put to the test in an extreme manner on Saturday when the no. 1 team in the nation nearly fell on the road to the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The start of the game signaled warnings immediately, with the home team scoring a touchdown inside the first two minutes. Clemson finally responded in the second quarter, but at the half it was all square at 14 apiece. The defending National Champions finally took the lead in the fourth quarter when Trevor Lawrence threw a TD to Tee Higgins with under 10 minutes to go. UNC didn’t give it up, though, scoring from the one-yard line to seemingly force overtime with just over a minute to go. However, they decided to go for two and win the game outright. The aggressive plan backfired, and Clemson held on to win 21-20 and survive a major embarrassment that likely would have left them out of the CFB.