Opening the season with a solid 38-35 win over the Georgia Bulldogs and Heisman-contending quarterback Aaron Murray at home, the Clemson Tigers were looking like a favorite to win the national title. Head coach Dabo Swinney is lucky enough to have veteran quarterback and senior, Tajh Boyd, under center.
How good has Boyd been? His numbers don’t exactly pop off the sheet at you, but they are extremely consistent and his leadership on the field has been outstanding.
Boyd has led the Tigers to a 3-0 mark through four weeks and he’s coming off a three-touchdown performance against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in which he also tossed for 244 yards. On the season, he has completed 62 percent of his passes for 683 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.
He looked poised in the team’s first road game of the season and the first conference win is always the toughest. It’s hard to go from playing teams you aren’t used to seeing and studying film on different teams and then going back into the rythm of breaking down film of familiar opponents and getting into the mindset of every game from here on out matters.
Boyd gets that. The senior quarterback knows how to win big games as he did in week one. He will get to showcase just how talented he is against top opponents in four weeks when his Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles at home. That game will have ACC title implications and also Heisman-watch attention surrounding Boyd and Jameis Winston.
Is Boyd the favorite to win right now? It’s too early to really tell but he seems to be on top of the favorite list. He is the most reliable quarterback in the nation and the one guy I would want on my team with the game on the line. This guy is good and wouldn’t be surprised if he got even better as the season went on.