Every elite team must beware of trap games on the schedule.
You know what they are. They’re matchups against inferior (on paper) opponents that are thought to be easy wins, but often don’t go as planned.
Sometimes, these contests end up being scares that the favored team survives. Other times, the underdog springs the upset, and ruins a team’s season in the process.
The Sporting News listed the trap games for each of the top 16 College Football Playoff contenders.
For Clemson, they picked a road game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 30:
Tough to call an ACC championship game rematch a trap game, but it comes after back-to-back games against Auburn and Louisville earlier in the month. It’s a long first month for the defending national champion.
After the Hokies, Clemson has a three-game stretch consisting of Wake Forest, Syracuse and Georgia Tech. Should be three wins right there.
Whether the Tigers are 4-0 or 3-1 heading into the Virginia Tech game, they can’t afford a letdown if they want to get back to the CFP and defend their national title.