Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney held his weekly conference call, Sunday. Swinney was pleased with the Tigers’ effort in their 31-20 victory over North Carolina and how special it was to send the seniors out on a win, but also added there were “plenty of mistakes” that need to be corrected as his team heads into rivalry week.
It can’t be denied, however, that Clemson is in a good place 11 games into the schedule. The Tigers are on a three-game winning streak with two of the wins coming against ranked opponents. Swinney’s club is also relatively healthy, with only receiver Beaux Collins bearing a mention on his “injury update.” Swinney said Collins is sore and “day-to-day” with a torn plantar fasciitis.
Clemson saw its winning streak against the Gamecocks snapped last season in Death Valley and that loss has weighed on Swinney for the last 12 months. “It’s a game you’re going to live with and you’re going to hear about all the time,” Swinney said. “It’s great to win it and it stinks when you don’t.”
Clemson and South Carolina will renew the rivalry from Williams-Brice Stadium at 7:30 p.m., Saturday.