The defending champions extended their winning run to 20 games in Week 5 with a road victory against North Carolina, but that wasn't enough to retain top spot in the Associated Press Top poll. Clemson's relatively weak schedule —No.
Clemson football vs. Dabo Swinney's Tigers will try to nail down their 20th consecutive victory when they face the Tar Heels and the renowned Mack Brown, whose career wins are the most among active coaches.
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LINE: Clemson The Tigers' offense is moving the ball at a nearly record-setting pace with quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne leading the prolific attack, which will try to carve up a North Carolina defense that was gashed in a stunning loss to Appalachian State last week.
The Tar Heels' season got off to a stirring start with close wins over South Carolina and Miami, but back-to-back losses to Wake Forest and the Mountaineers have torpedoed the optimism surrounding Brown's return. North Carolina will try to keep it close as long as possible and hopes to continue its stellar play in the fourth quarter, where it has outscored opponents Etienne has rolled up yards and four touchdowns on the ground, and Lawrence will have one of his favorite receivers back with Justyn Ross returning after missing the game against Charlotte with a sore hip flexor.
The defense has been just as dominant, holding each opponent under total yards and racking up 16 sacks. Javonte Williams has averaged a team-high The defense played well against South Carolina but has struggled in the last three games, especially against the run, so it could be a long day against Clemson's dynamic attack.
Clemson has won 14 consecutive games by 14 points or more, one shy of tying the Georgia team for the second-longest streak since The Tigers have scored at least 24 points in a school-record 19 straight contests. North Carolina's first four games have been decided by six points or fewer for the first time since , when its first five contests featured those margins.