Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn would never say it so I’m going to say it for them: Saturday night’s game between Clemson and Auburn at Death Valley was always going to be big. It’s a nationally-televised,  prime time ACC/SEC matchup between opponents ranked in the top 13.

That’s big.

But now the landscape has changed.

Now it’s bigger.

After the unfortunate season-ending injury to Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois, Clemson has shot up to No. 3 in both major polls and is now favored to repeat as ACC champs. Clemson gets Florida State at home on Nov. 11 and should be favored to win every game it plays.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.