Clemson has steamrolled the past six ACC teams they have faced and once again they are huge favorite as they prepare for their final conference game against NC State Saturday. The Tigers have made it look easy the past several weeks and given they will have superior talent again this weekend and a huge rivalry game on the horizon, it wouldn’t be hard to say a letdown or complacency could set in, right? Dabo Swinney says not so much.
“No, I mean heck it better set it quick because were about to be done here,” Swinney said. …”I think if they were going to be complacent they already would have. This team has learned how to be consistent.”
Swinney said his team is “light years” ahead of where it was last year, in large part because they aren’t playing as many freshmen and have more experience and chemistry. That doesn’t mean they have forgotten about last year though. Swinney has downplayed the revenge factor, but NC State licked the Tigers 37-13 last year in Raleigh. Swinney believes the Wolfpack are as good as any team they have faced this year and more than capable of pulling an upset if they don’t come ready to play. The good news is, Swinney is extremely confident they will be ready to play Saturday.
“All in commitment to being the best we can be,” Swinney said. That’s the formula. It’s the exact same, It doesn’t change not matter who you play. This is the biggest game of the year. Period. The end.”
AUDIO: Swinney on NC State [5:01]
On that note, lets jump into some factoids about this weekend’s Textile Bowl:
- Clemson enters the weekend with a 9-1 record, 6-1 in the ACC. NC State is 6-4, 3-3 in the conference.
- Clemson has won seven of the past eight games in this series.
- The Tigers have won each of the past four games in Death Valley
- Clemson leads the all-time series 51-28-1
- A win Saturday will give the Tigers 10 regular season wins for the first time since the 1981 season. The ’81 team finished the regular season 11-0 and went on to win the Orange Bowl and the national title.
- If Clemson wins Saturday they will clinch a share of the ACC Atlantic division title. Florida State owns the tie breaker, but the Tigers will still get a division title trophy.
- Clemson has won a school record 12 straight games at Death Valley. Their last loss was in 2010 against USC.