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3-0, 1st in ACC - Atlantic

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

After beating back-to-back top 20 teams, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wouldn't compare this year's team to last year's national title winners. In fact, he said Clemson just said it played its worst game defensively in the win over Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. "We made more mental mental errors, more missed tackles ... September is not the time to be talking about who we are compared to past teams. We're just a team trying to earn our way right now."

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Two major matchups remain for Clemson

The Tigers took care of Lamar Jackson & Co. last weekend, but they'll get another big test in two weeks when they visit the Hokies. Then, after a relatively quiet October, Florida State will come to Death Valley looking for its first win over Clemson since 2014.

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Will Kelly Bryant be better than Deshaun Watson? (1:17)
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Potential pitfalls for top CFP contenders: Clemson

It's possible the defending national champs might be even better than last year, but a Sept. 30 road matchup against Virginia Tech's "Lunch Pail D" could pose serious problems.

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Picking the conference champs after Week 3

Clemson and Alabama seem like easy picks to win their leagues, but those are the only conference winners that Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are in agreement on at this point.

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Bryant's performance earns ACC honor

Kelly Bryant outplayed Heisman-winner Lamar Jackson in Clemson's road victory over Louisville, showing that he is a capable replacement for Deshaun Watson. Cam Phillips more than doubled his season receptions total in Virginia Tech's win over East Carolina. Micah Kiser was all over the field in Virginia's win over Connecticut.

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Campus Conversation: Examining Week 3's Biggest Winners And Losers

Matt Schick, Ivan Maisel and Ryan McGee discussed what can be learned from the USC/Texas and Florida/Tennessee thrillers, Mississippi State and Clemson's big wins and more. Plus, a conversation with Mark Schlabach on the state of the SEC and another installment of "Talk Nerdy To Me."

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Recruiting Insiders: Week 3 recruiting news

Despite another huge win, Clemson could be on the verge of losing its top commit in five-star Xavier Thomas. Elsewhere in the top 10, Ohio State and others are figuring out their biggest needs.

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Clemson now No. 2 in AP poll, behind Bama

Defending national champions Clemson jumped Oklahoma to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, closing in on Alabama after beating a team ranked in the top 15 for the second straight week.

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What we've learned about the CFP race after Week 3

The College Football Playoff race is shaping up in each of the Power 5 conferences. In the ACC, Kelly Bryant has shown he can keep Clemson's title defense on track.

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Houston, Purdue lead the way on defense

The Cougars and Boilermakers each put up nearly flawless performances this week, allowing a total of six points. Clemson wasn't too far off, shutting down Lamar Jackson and Louisville, while Texas defended admirably in an overtime loss to USC.

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Lack of blitz does the trick for Tigers

Clemson sent five or more pass-rushers on just 13 percent of QB Lamar Jackson's dropbacks Saturday at Louisville, the second-lowest blitz percentage the reigning Heisman winner has faced in a start in his career.

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Jackson stymied in frustrating loss (1:06)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The genius of Brent Venables: According to ESPN Stats & Info, Clemson sent four or fewer rushers on 45 of Lamar Jackson's 52 dropbacks, but the Tigers switched up which rushers they sent. They sent a linebacker or defensive back in place of a defensive lineman on 14 dropbacks. Jackson completed 5-of-12 passes against such rushes.

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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Dorian O'Daniel breaks down his pick six in Clemson's dominant win over Louisville...

Team Stats

Passing Yards271.042nd
Rushing Yards248.719th
Points For39.0Tied-31st
Points Against10.0Tied-8th

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