It is a big week for the Clemson football team. The 18th ranked Tigers are playing their final home game of the season and if they win it they will clinch their first ever ACC Atlantic division championship. That would send them to Tampa Bay to face Georgia Tech for the conference title and a trip to the BCS.
Dabo Swinney didn’t talk a whole lot about winning the division during his Tuesday news conference. Of course he mentioned it and he knows what is at stake but most of his discussion today was praise for his team and namely the seniors that will be playing their final game at Death Valley Saturday.
AUDIO: Swinney press conference (42:00)
Two of the seniors that will be running down the Hill for the final time are C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. Spiller has been a program changer at Clemson. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way he will be remembered as one of the all time great offensive players to play at Clemson. He and Ford are a big reason why the team has competed consistently for the division title the past few years and why they are heavy favorites to clinch it this weekend.
AUDIO: C.J. Spiller pre Virginia (8:42)
AUDIO: Jacoby Ford pre Virginia (2:00)
Clemson can actually win the division before they take the field Saturday. Boston College plays North Carolina at Noon Saturday and if the Tar Heels win that game the Tigers will clinch the division. Swinney said he doesn’t plan to watch the game though and added he and his team aren’t worried about Boston College. He maintained the only thing they worry about is themselves.
Clemson and Virginia will kickoff at 3:30 Saturday on ABC. The Tigers are a 20 point favorite. Clemson leads the all-time series 36-8-1 and has won two of the past three games against the Cavaliers. They are 19-3-1 against the Whoos in Death Valley.