October 6, 2015

Talking Tuesday: Swinney says no letdown allowed following Notre Dame (AUDIO)

Clemson saw the triple option earlier this season vs Wofford

Clemson saw the triple option earlier this season vs Wofford

Clemson has put itself in great shape nationally with the 4-0 start including the thrilling win over Notre Dame last weekend.  The Tigers are 6th in both polls and are very much in the discussion for the College Football Playoff. That’s why this Saturday’s game with Georgia Tech in Death Valley is so dangerous.

It’s the dreaded trap game for the Tigers, that game that follows an extreme emotional high and offers up a dangerous, if not somewhat overlooked, opponent.  Georgia Tech and its triple option offense is the next opponent and Dabo Swinney said Tuesday the Yellow Jackets have their full attention despite their current three game losing streak.

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Deshaun Watson previews Tigers upcoming game with Georgia Tech (VIDEO)

Deshaun Watson and the Tigers offense was quiet for most of the second half Saturday night.

Deshaun Watson and the Tigers offense was quiet for most of the second half Saturday night.

Sixth ranked and unbeaten Clemson will face Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. The Tigers (4-0) are taking on a Georgia Tech team that has dropped each of its past three games, Notre Dame, Duke and Georgia Tech respectively. But the Yellow Jackets have traditionally been a thorn in the Tigers side, including a big win last year in Atlanta. Deshaun Watson went down with a knee injury early in that one so you know he is eager to get another crack at this ACC rival. Check out what Watson had to say about the upcoming matchup below.


Tigers’ TV time for BC announced & two Tigers honored by league

acc logoThe ACC announced the kickoff times for its October 17th games Monday morning and the Boston College at Clemson game will kickoff at 7:00 PM in Death Valley.  The game will be televised by ESPN2 or ESPNU.

The Tigers game this coming Saturday against Georgia Tech will kickoff at 3:30 PM.

Also, two Tigers were honored by the league as players of the week for their performances in the win over Notre Dame.

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Sunday teleconference: Swinney wants more from his defense (AUDIO)

Clemson's defense has been good, but Dabo Swinney thinks they can be better.

Clemson’s defense has been good, but Dabo Swinney thinks they can be better.

Dabo Swinney is pleased as punch about Clemson’s win over Notre Dame, but he’s already honing in on the aspects of that game that need to improve. Most notably, a near collapse in the fourth quarter when the Irish nearly erased an 18 point Clemson lead. Fortunately, Swinney said all of the issues are correctable. You get the sense Swinney is already starting the process of making sure his players don’t get too cocky after a big win and their new top 10 ranking in the polls. Check out a recap of Swinmey’s comments below.

  • Swinney said winning the turnover battle was huge. That’s a point of emphasis for the Tigers.
  • Swinney praised the play of the special teams, especially the forced fumble for a turnover on the kick off.
  • Swinney said the biggest disappointment was the fourth quarter. He said they gave up too many yards and too many big plays.
  • Swinney said all of their mistakes were correctable.
  • Swinney said they were able to run the ball, despite the fact that people didn’t think they would be able to against Notre Dame.
  • Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd were the defensive players of the game, the entire offensive line was the offensive player of the game.
  • Swinney said they aren’t as deep as they have been in the past. He said there is a big gap between talent between first and second teams at some spots on defense. He likes the talent, but it is young and green.
  • Swinney said every weekend is a season of its own. He’s not putting too much stock in their #6 ranking right now. He pointed out there are a lot of games left.
  • Swinney said there is plenty of things they can coach up Makensie Alexander. Despite the fact Fuller didn’t do much, Alexander still made mistakes. Swinney said the coaches have told him not to get so caught up talking to the other players.
  • Swinney said the time they spent in camp preparing for Wofford will help them with Georgia Tech this week.
  • Swinney said Brent Venables isn’t happy about some of the mistakes the defense made, especially in the fourth quarter.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney Sunday call

Pollsters reward Tigers for their win over Notre Dame

AP rankingAll it took was a prime-time win over Notre Dame for Clemson to get some love from the voters in the AP and coaches polls.  The Tigers moved backwards each of the past two weeks despite winning at Louisville and having a bye week.

But last night’s thrilling two point victory over the Irish pushed the Tigers well up into the top ten. They are now sixth in each trailing only Ohio State, TCU, Baylor, Michigan State and Utah in the AP ranking.

USC’s opponent this Saturday, LSU, is ranked 7th by the AP and 5th by the coaches this week.

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