The Clemson football team returned to the practice field Monday night following the off week. The down time gave the Tigers an opportunity to stew a bit over their first loss of the season October 29th at Georgia Tech. But it also gave the walking wounded a chance to heal up, which they have according to coach Dabo Swinney.
The Tigers are as healthy as they have been all season heading into Saturday’s game with Wake Forest in Death Valley, and that includes running back Andre Ellington who has been hampered in recent weeks by a sprained ankle. Swinney said Ellington was full speed in practice Monday night.
The Tigers are in position to win their second ACC Atlantic Division title in three years under Swinney. A win over the Demon Deacons will clinch a trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game. If Wake Forest wins, the Deacons would have to beat Maryland next week at home to win the division. The Tigers are favored by 16 points against the Deacons who are coming off a loss at home to Wake Forest.
Key pre-game notes:
- Clemson is 8-1, 5-1 in the ACC; Wake Forest is 5-4, 4-2
- Clemson has more wins, 58, against Wake Forest than any other ACC opponent
- Clemson is 34-7 all time at home against Wake Forest
- The Tigers are going for their first perfect season at home since 1990
- Clemson has scored at least 35 points in every home game
- Dabo Swinney is 2-0 against Wake as a head coach but was 3-3 as an assistant
- Clemson is seeking to become 9-1 for the seventh time in school history
- Clemson has not been 9-1 since 1987
- 19 seniors will make their final home appearance including 8 starters