It is Dabo Swinney presser time again! Clemson is getting set to take on Boston College this weekend at Death Valley. Dabo was in mid-season form during his weekly press conference today (45 minutes!). Good stuff in there and no one interrupted him with “You lie!” or to tell him that Beyonce’s video is better than Taylor Swift’s or to threaten to shove a tennis ball down his throat. To me, that makes today’s presser a rousing success.
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney pre BC (45:25)
(note: we will have a condensed version on SportsTalk Rewind)
Ok, let’s give you some quick fun facts on this weekend’s matchup against B.C. This series is tied 8-8-2 all time. The first time these teams met was the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s day 1940. Clemson won. However the Tigers have not done well against the Eagles at home. The Tigers last win against B.C. at Death Valley was 1958.
The winner of Saturday’s game will take home the O’Rourke-McFadden trophy. The trophy was created last year to be given to the winning team in this series. Last season the Tigers won in Beantown (Swinney’s first win as Clemson’s interim head coach) and took the trophy. It has been in Swinney’s office since that game. In fact, Swinney said today that the Tigers need to win because he doesn’t want to get “a plant or something” to cover the bare spot that would be in his office should the trophy go the Eagles.
The big change in the lineup is at right tackle where Landon Walker will replace Cory Lambert. Swinney is hoping this move solidifies the O-line. He said that the other four starters played well last week against Georgia Tech.