Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sat down with the media Tuesday to preview this weekend’s game at N.C. State. We all took bets before Swinney started on how long he would talk today. Swinney is known to be a bit on the loquacious side so the over-under was set at 35 minutes. I took the over. I won. He went 44 minutes. I knew I was going to win at the beginning of the presser when Dabo started thanking the people that picked up the trash around the stadium after Saturday night’s game. Below you can hear every bit of Dabo’s comments and if time isn’t on your side we will have a condensed version on the show tonight and on SportsTalk Rewind here later.
AUDIO: Swinney Tuesday press conference (43:38)
As has been well documented Clemson is in great shape in the ACC Atlantic race heading into the weekend. If the Tigers win against NC State and Boston College loses to Maryland they will clinch the division. Clemson has won five straight games against the Pack, including the last two in Raleigh. The last time NC State won in this series, known by us longtime ACC followers as the “Textile Bowl”, was the 2003 game in Raleigh 17-15.
The Clemson offense has scored 38 points or more in each of their past four games. That is a school record. A big reason why the offense has been putting up the big numbers is the continued great play of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. Spiller had 312 yards of total offense last week and is still not completely healthy but he will play this weekend against the Pack.
AUDIO: C.J. Spiller pre N.C. State (8:26)
AUDIO: Jacoby Ford pre N.C. State (3:50)
Saturday’s game will kick off at Noon at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game will be televised by Raycom.