Addazio sees Clemson as top team, doesn't get national negativity

Addazio sees Clemson as top team, doesn't get national negativity

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Addazio sees Clemson as top team, doesn't get national negativity

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Second-ranked Clemson had fallen in subsequent weeks in the Associated Pres College Football Poll, despite its unblemished record. But Boston College head coach Steve Addazio doesn’t know what media is seeing.

The Tigers dominated Boston College 59-7 to achieve its ninth straight win in the series, a record number of points and margin of victory in the series, as well as its 23rd straight victory. Clemson controlled every facet of the game on offense and defense.

Addazio told the media after Saturday’s game that Clemson is not a team to look away from but rather one of the top teams in America.

“Clemson played a heck of a game tonight, showed why they have won 23 straight games and why they are one of the elite teams in America,” the Eagles’ head coach said. “I feel like we ran into a buzz saw.”

Buzz saw accurately describes Saturday night’s game, Clemson held the Eagles to just 97 yards rushing and 177 yards of total offense.

On offense the Tigers (8-0, 6-0 ACC) followed quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who finished 16-of-19 for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Travis Etienne, who amassed 109 yards on 16 carries for three touchdowns. It was Clemson’s third straight 500-plus yards of offense, as they finished with 674 total yards.

Addazio doesn’t understand why people have passed over the Tigers in the national conversation. He said Clemson looked like the No. 1 team in the country and the same team that beat Alabama twice in the last three years.

“I think people think I was trying to hype the game or something this week,” Addazio said. “This is an elite team and that is one of the top elite teams in America, absolutely and unquestionably, so whatever anybody else is talking about I don’t know because that’s my opinion.”

The Tigers return to action next Saturday as they host Wofford in the annual Military Appreciation Day game at 4 p.m.

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