Greg’s Grades 2019: Clemson, Regular Season Review

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The grades are in.
Virginia’s Heskin Smith and Richard Burney team up for a tackle. ~ Mike Ingalls

There’s not a lot to say that hasn’t already been said about the ACC Championship Game and Virginia’s 62-17 defeat so I won’t rehash those comments. We will look at the grades, some Quick Takes and Notes, and a few general observations. In the One More Thing segment, however, I wanted to review the grades from the first and second half of the season and compare the 2019 marks to the final grades of last season and Bronco Mendenhall’s first year at Virginia in 2016.

You’ll also have a chance to test your knowledge in our Regular Season Grades Superlative Contest.

Before diving in, looking briefly at the title game, Clemson is bigger, faster, and more physical than any team in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 127 other NCAA teams. Regardless of who the Tigers played in the title game, the outcome already was determined – the only question was the final score.

So let me address the score. I’m not all that torn up about the final score. Yes, it’s an ugly loss. So was Alabama’s 44-16 loss in the 2018 title game against the Tigers, the Crimson Tide’s worst defeat since losing 42-6 to Arkansas in 1998. Look for the Tigers to put up some big numbers against Ohio State. Clemson is a very, very good football team.

It would have been easy for UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall to