Clemson Football: Month of November Pivotal For Tigers to Determine Fate Of 2013 Season

By Colby Lanham
The month of November will be a critical one for the Clemson Tigers, who had their share of struggles on offense the past three weeks.
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Sitting at 7-1, Clemson still has plenty to play for this season. Should it win out in November like many know they can, they can find themselves in a BCS Bowl game despite their one loss against a good Florida State team that has established itself as a legitimate national championship contender.

Of course, that can only happen if Clemson can shore up the problems it’s been having on offense. Those would be turnovers and surprisingly red zone offense, which saw its struggles come to light in the Tigers’ win against Maryland. They had eight trips into the red zone and only produced three touchdowns. Fortunately, a good kicker like Chandler Cantanzaro kept the Tigers’ out of the Terps’ reach by hitting all four of his attempted field goals.

But now it’s November, and the Tigers get another chance to respond by stepping up to the challenge of winning out the season with Georgia Tech and South Carolina being the biggest obstacles between an 11-1 BCS Bowl season and a 10-2 or 9-3 Peach Bowl season.

Going forward, it’s also a time for quarterback Tajh Boyd to step up to the plate. While he’s certainly had the numbers and shown the leadership a quarterback needs, his play and recent statements have raised questions about how he is dealing with the added pressure and adversity. November will give Boyd the opportunity to swing past the post-Florida State adversity and also give him an opportunity to prove to scouts that he can certainly perform in the NFL.

November is also a month where players like receivers Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries, along with running back Zac Brooks, can prove themselves capable of stepping up as the no. 2 when needed and make offensive coordinator Chad Morris‘ November one that they would certainly like to remember.

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