The Journey To The Natty Thomas Whiddon

The Clemson Tigers, after a 14-1 season and bitter loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship, looked to rebound and make it back to Tampa. The ride would not be easy: they did not begin as the #1 team in the country as they were the entire year before and would play many tough teams along the way if they wanted to make it to the promised land.

First game of the season:

Ben Boulware taunts ex-Auburn star QB Cam Newton after a sack as the Tigers would go on to beat the Tigers of Auburn 19 to 13 in the very heated opener played at Jordan-Hare.

College Gameday's in town! We boo'ed Lee Corso for picking us to win - he has a way of jinxing us over the past few Gamedays - and beautiful signs emerged.

In what was simply the best football game of the regular season, Clemson's season and playoff hopes came down to #3 Louisville's WR James Quick being jussssst short. #5 Clemson won in front an electric Death Velley to move to 5-0 and knock Louisville and Lamar Jackson out of the playoff.

Another massive test for the Tigers (3) on the road came against the Florida State Seminoles (12). After dominating for 3 quarters, the Tigers almost let this one slip away at the end, but Deshaun Watson - seen here stuffing a defender's face with a stiff-arm on the way to a TD - would not be denied en route to the game-sealing score.

This was the low-point of my time as a Clemson student. This Pittsburgh field goal almost ruined our season, but luckily Washington and Michigan lost this faithful Saturday to keep our playoff hopes alive.

Clemson would go on to cruise the rest of its regular season (beating USCJr. 56-7 was a notable highlight) and winning the ACC Championship against VT to earn a spot in the playoff, playing against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers would roll O-H-31-0 on the way to the NATTY!

The Tigers had all of the momentum in the world as they headed for the National Championship.

I made this drive there and back - TAMPA IS NOT CLOSE!

BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!

Goodnight, Natty Champs 2016!

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