Clemson goes to Florida State Saturday night knowing the Seminoles, at this point, present the Tigers with their last major hurdle to a second straight perfect regular season.
Clemson is a 4.5 point favorite to win where it doesn’t often do so. The Seminoles have won four in a row in Tallahassee and 11 of the last 12. That’s why at his press conference Tuesday, Dabo Swinney, while exuding his normal confidence in his team, also was cautious.
Swinney knows the Florida State roster well because he and his staff recruit in the same circles as Jimbo Fisher and his staff. He realizes the Seminoles have electric players at quarterback, running back and receiver and, despite the numbers, a fast and talented defense.
Swinney had good news on running back Wayne Gallman. He practice Monday and is totally cleared to play Saturday. Gallman was in the concussion protocol following a big hit he took early in the NC State game.
Here are some of Swinney’s key comments Tuesday:
- FSU defense very good, especially inside. DE DeMarcus Walker is a very good player, someone they recruited, hard to block.
- Overall impressed with FSU defense and special teams, very talented team, typical Florida State team.
- Watson’s pick six vs NC State was the first he’s ever thrown in his football career.
- The offense this year is better than last year’s despite what people might think.
- The play that shows why his team wins was the fumble by Mike Williams vs NC State and the way the offense, including Watson, chased it.
- Hit on Gallman by NC State was vicious and they sent tape in to ACC office and the response was it was not targeting.
- Jadar Johnson has been the “player of the year” for them and has taken his play to another level, also on special teams.
- They’ve played well in spurts at FSU in recent years but haven’t finished.
Dabo Swinney opening comments on Florida State game
Swinney discusses the play of quarterback Deshaun Watson
Swinney’s impressions of the play of his secondary this season
Swinney warns not to be fooled by Florida State’s two losses