Clemson was one play away from a near-disaster loss to North Carolina on Saturday. If the Tar Heels would've converted their two-point attempt, the Tigers would've most likely lost by a point.
But, as the old saying goes, a win is a win. And the Tigers will take a win by any means possible.
Plenty of college football fans were hoping to see No. 1 Clemson fall to UNC on Saturday. Head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the team's haters after the win.
"I'm sure they are a lot of people disappointed that the Tigers came out on top but we did," he said.
As typically happens in college football, when a team is at the top for too long, fans want chaos. Saturday's game came close to that, but the better team came out on top.
One of the challenges for Swinney and the Tigers moving forward is to remain focused. The rest of Clemson's regular season schedule is not challenging whatsoever.
For a team which won the 2018 national championship, it may be difficult to stay in the moment. But Swinney's one of the best coaches in the country, and he'll find a way to motivate his players to remain focused on the task at hand.
Clemson's win is seen as underwhelming to most college football fans. But the Tigers are celebrating the victory — as they should be.