I don't know what I was expecting to see in Clemson today, but it wasn't that. NC State was never in the game against the Tigers, save in the very literal sense that their persons were indeed on the field for the duration, as previously agreed upon by both involved parties.
Deshaun Watson and the Clemson offense made exceptionally quick work of State's flat and pointless defense. There was no need for the Tigers' punter in the first half, as their offensive line almost effortlessly gave Watson whatever time he needed to finish the homework from his public speaking course, coordinate keg purchases for the post-game party, and hit whichever open receiver he felt like throwing to.
It was a hapless performance by NC State in almost every respect (nice work out there, Wil Baumann!), which is not so much surprising as it is disappointing after what we saw the week prior. Both lines were flummoxed and overpowered to the point of embarrassment, and as Watson was allowed to calmly work through his progressions, Jacoby Brissett was fortunate simply to survive.
There are things I could nitpick here, probably--even in a game that plays out like this, there are always moments that cause frustration and/or the need to helplessly yell at televisions. YOU STUPID SMALL PEOPLE IN THE RECTANGLE WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME.
But what would be the point of concerning myself with those things? Who cares about the chair in the living room, the whole house is on fire.
It was all deflating. Clemson has an outstanding front seven. Vic Beasley and Deshaun Watson are fantastic players and showed why they've earned a lot of attention. State wasn't going to be a match for Clemson even on most good days, and today's affair was a throw-in-the-towel no-contest after 15 minutes. So it goes sometimes.