Travis Etienne rushed for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns in last season’s 63-3 win at Wake Forest

The orange pants will remain inside the locker room Saturday when Clemson plays host to Wake Forest. With no championship resting on the outcome, Dabo Swinney said Tuesday it’s back to the white pants for this one. While there won’t be the drama hanging over the game had Wake Forest one last week at Virginia Tech, the emotion will still be running high as the seniors (and junior Brian Dawkins Jr.) will be honored in pre-game. And Tiger fans have a lot to be thankful for from this group…51-3 overall record, 26-1 at home, 32-2 against the ACC and an active streak of 34 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP top 5.

The Tigers will take a number of lengthy winning streaks into Saturday’s game. They’ve won 25 straight games, 21 in a row at home, 20 straight ACC games and 10 in a row over Wake Forest.

Some of Swinney’s key comments on Wake Forest:

  • Wake Forest is a tough team, he’s seen them a lot on tape looking at other opponents. They are well coached. Defensively they are well disciplined, don’t make a lot of mistakes, will press some.
  • Wake Forest does an excellent job in the secondary, they create a lot of turnovers, do a get job getting hands on balls. On offense, the quarterback is a really good player, can run and throw. Impressed with big receivers. (Wake announced Tuesday leading receiver Sage Surratt is out for the rest of the season with an unspecified injury. He has 66 catches for 1001 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  • Good offensive line, physical, will get after you, have to tackle well or short run will become a long run. It’s a big challenge, has had this one in his mind for awhile since he’s seen so much film on them.
  • Wake Forest plays with a lot of discipline, does not beat itself, they are pretty healthy and well coached.

Dabo Swinney press conference previewing Wake Forest