Great stuff as usual, Kyle. And happy holidays to you.
The big problem with Venables' aggressive approach is that if you can catch him in the wrong gamble at the wrong time, it "should" result in a big play. As Kyle pointed out, the big plays were there - but Clemson's opponents (to date) weren't generally able to convert.
While the defensive schemes aren't exactly the same, we've seen Coach Day exploit this kind of philosophy before. He has successfully taken advantage of ttun's aggressive D-coordinator, Don Brown, in the past. Most recently, just a a month ago.
Also, one of the problems with changing things up defensively at the last second is that a smart offense can potentially catch the defense in the midst of said change - and of course, out of position.
Plus, (again, as Kyle noted) Clemson is, indeed, undersized on the D-line. To the best of my recollection, that's a little unusual for a successful 3-man front in big-time college football. And they haven't faced anything even approaching our O-line all season.
Venables will probably have to crowd the box to slow down our running game - which should set up our passing game.
While I was checking out the Tigers' heights and weights, I noticed that one of their starting safeties (Muse) is a bit heavier than usual for the position (hence, the footage above of average players blowing right past him, I suppose). And the other (Wallace) is only 5'10".
If Coach Day can isolate one of our speed guys (like Olave) on Muse - and/or - one of our taller receivers (like Victor) on Wallace, it'll be a significant mismatch.
The fact that we're used to playing tough defenses - and they are not - should give us a big advantage in this game -