Clemson stays dominant in 42-17 rout of Miami

CLEMSON, S.C. — Alabama is playing touch football. Notre Dame labored for three quarters against a dreadful Florida State team. Florida’s defensive weakness caught up with it. Even Georgia, which has been outstanding, trailed at halftime for the second time in three games.

Clemson? No struggles, no worries, no competition still from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Same as it ever was. In a year when nothing seems normal, Dabo dominance remains a constant.

Maybe that changes when the Tigers go to South Bend in November. Or maybe there is an ACC championship game test against North Carolina looming. But for now, once again, the best bet to go undefeated in college football is Clemson.

Hopes for a competitive game were kindled here Saturday night, when No. 7-ranked Miami came to town for a rare Top Ten matchup. The Hurricanes had looked great in piling up three opening victories, displaying a balanced offense and a playmaking defense. They had two weeks to prepare for this one, while the Tigers had one.

Yet it took all of one quarter and six seconds to extinguish those hopes, as Clemson scored touchdowns on its first two drives and squashed the Miami offense. Everything thereafter was a formality that ultimately ended in a 42-17 stroll through the rain. The Hurricanes believed this was their chance to prove something to the college football establishment, but the proof that came out of the night was that Clemson routinely rises to every big occasion.

“It’s woven into our culture here,” Dabo Swinney said afterward.

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