By Will Vandervort.
By Will Vandervort
Moments after knocking off then No. 5 Georgia last Saturday night, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd kept telling the media that the Tigers were now in “the driver’s seat.”
So the question Tuesday morning for Boyd was this, “Where exactly are the Tigers driving to?”
“I think you put yourself in a situation where you have certain capabilities,” he said. “We don’t really have any restraints right now.”
In other words, the Tigers control their own destiny on whether they will be driving to Pasadena, Calif., or Shreveport, La., for the holidays.
“We have to be to the point where we focus each week and continue to strive to be the best we can,” Boyd said. “If we can do that, we will have a great shot and opportunity to accomplish what we want to this season.
“If you start to go out there and have those games that can cloud things up, it makes it that much harder.”
Thanks to their win over Georgia, Clemson is in the driver’s seat, or at least in the car, when it comes to legitimately competing for a national championship. The Tigers moved up four spots to No. 4 in the latest Associated Press College Football poll, which was released Tuesday.
It’s the highest Clemson, who will host S.C. State this Saturday in Death Valley, has been ranked in the AP poll since September 12, 1988, when the Tigers were ranked third. Clemson also received a first place vote, the first time that has happened since the preseason poll of 1991. It’s also the first time Clemson has received a first place vote during the regular season since September 12, 1988.
“We are in the championship (race) in the conference, a championship outside of it and all championships in general.”
Boyd is also squarely in the Heisman Trophy discussion too, especially after his five touchdown performance against Georgia in which he threw three and ran for two more in the Tigers’ 38-35 victory. In the preseason Clemson made a decision not to put out a Heisman campaign for Boyd to start the season, like it did with the life-like-poster it did to launch C.J Spiller’s campaign in 2009.
Hesimanpundit.com has Boyd leading in its way too early Heisman Straw Poll after Week 1. For his 312 total yards and five touchdowns, he also earned Offensive Back Player of the Week honors.
“I would have liked the poster,” Boyd said. “I kind of was like, ‘I have my own poster in my room. I made my own. You have to go out there and play. At the end of the day, that’ what it is all about. Just going out there and performing every week at a high level. That’s what I am trying to do.”
Boyd said he will not think about the Heisman or any of that stuff until he is wearing his tux and is getting ready to go to the New York Downtown Athletic Club.
“At that time is when I will start writing my speech,” he said.
Until then, Boyd is going to continue to sit in the driver’s seat and be content to drive Clemson to the national championship game.