Clemson Football vs. App State: Keys to the Game

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Sep 5, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) celebrates with teammates during the first half against the Wofford Terriers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

 Get out to an early lead

This may be obvious, but it may be the most important key to the game (other than the last one).

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Clemson football needs to get out to an early lead and take control of the Mountaineers. What this does is take the wind out of their sails from the get-go and provides the Tigers with the opportunity to control the game from start to finish. What does an early lead do?

It gives your team confidence and opens up the opportunity to get young and inexperienced players in the ball game. What else does it do? It gets your starters off the field. Clemson will be traveling to Louisville five days after playing Appalachian State. FIVE DAYS. That means that the earlier you get your starters off the field the better. The more time they have to rest, the better off we will be come Thursday night. The last thing you want is Deshaun Watson playing in the fourth quarter. It’s not good for the team and it’s not good for his health. Give him the first half and then set the cruise control button with a huge lead going into the third quarter.

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