If Clemson football has any question mark coming into the match-up against LSU, it may very well have to do with health.
The Clemson football team competed in a heavyweight boxing match a couple of weeks ago against Ohio State and the Tigers delivered the knockout punch to send the Buckeyes home.
Because of the physical nature of the game, though, we saw injuries happen on both sides.
Following the Fiesta Bowl, Dabo Swinney told the media that “even the coaches were sore” following the CFB classic. The soreness has likely been treated and Clemson football fans obviously hope that the team is back to 100 percent, but perhaps the biggest question has to do with the Tigers’ top two wide receivers.
Higgins went out of the game with apparent soreness after being shaken up on the first drive of the game. Ross went down and was checked several times throughout the game after taking several shots.
Though Higgins later returned and Ross remained in the game, it was clear that neither one was at full-strength.
They struggled to get open, weren’t nearly as physical as usual and were relatively quiet over the course of the night. As a matter of fact, the two combined for 10 receptions and just 80 yards. 21 yards of that came on Higgins’ first reception of the game when he was injured. Ross’s longest reception of the game was 16 yards.
As we head into the National Championship, it’s going to be imperative that the two wide receivers are at least close to full-strength. For those that don’t remember, Ross had an absolute breakout game against Alabama last year in the National Championship and Clemson football needs a big performance this time around, as well.
Higgins and Ross don’t have to have career days for Clemson to win, but their presence and performances will certainly play a factor in this one Monday night, for good or for bad.