Posted by Adam Jacobi
The highly-touted matchup between Clemson and Auburn has been something of a dud thus far -- and it's all Clemson so far. Clemson, buoyed by stifling defense on Cam Newton and a sensational touchdown by Jamie Harper, leads 17-3 at the break.
Harper has both Clemson touchdowns on the day. The first came on a nifty catch-and-run from 8 yards out on a shovel pass, and the second was a 24-yard score on an amazing diving catch from a wheel route.
Past that, Clemson's defense has swarmed the line of scrimmage, and Auburn QB Cam Newton has been disturbingly inaccurate on his throws. Only Newton's considerable rushing ability helped Clemson get a field goal out of the last drive of the half, but that's not a blueprint for success for Auburn.
Also of note is the way Clemson has used TE/H-Back Dwayne Allen. Allen has done a good job getting open in the flats after motioning into the backfield, to the point that it sure seems like the Clemson coaches noticed some tendencies by Auburn's linebackers. Allen has five catches for 64 yards so far, and he's been clutch at moving the chains for the Clemson offense.
If this score holds up, it would be a minor upset; Auburn is a ranked team playing at home, after all, and they were favored by about a touchdown coming into the game. But watching the game, it sure doesn't seem like Auburn's actually the better team of the two thus far.