It’s been a start and stop flow to the season for Clemson thus far. The Tigers opened with a mega-game against Georgia, then came down from the clouds to roll FCS opponent SC State, and then had a 12 day break before their next game, a win at NC State.
The Tigers now hit a stretch of six consecutive weeks of football on Saturdays, and Dabo Swinney said at is weekly news conference he’s glad he can get his players back into the normal routine.
The third ranked Tigers host Wake Forest for Homecoming this Saturday, a team they have dominated over the years. Since the formation of the ACC in 1953, Clemson has won 50 of 60 games with the Demon Deacons. Swinney is 4-9 against the Deacons. The Tigers are favored by 28 points to stretch their winning streak in the series to five games.
Here are some key points made by Swinney in his press conference:
- Says Wake Forest is, as always, well coached and does several things on offense.
- Points out Tigers had to kick a field goal at the end to win at home two years ago.
- Great concern for wide receiver Michael Campanaro.
- Battle and Bryant are facing team discipline. Bryant will play this weekend. Bryant had an “unacceptable gesture” after the State game.
- Timothy did not practice Monday and is questionable. Watkins is questionable. He has not returned to school yet.
- DeStefano is questionable with shoulder stingers.
- Hopes to have Watkins back at school today. They kept him an extra day after his car wreck. He has some soreness.
- The defensive line is becoming a strength of the team.
- Vic Beasley has become a team leader and that’s a bit of a surprise. Beasley has put on weight since last season and that has helped him become a force at defensive end.
- Wake ran a lot of option at Boston College and not so much since. They run a lot of trap plays and use a lot of formations.
- High praise for Shaq Lawson saying he’s the best defensive lineman as a freshman they’ve signed since he’s been there.
Wake Forest is coming off a 25-11 victory at Army and is 2-2. The Demon Deacons rushed for 228 yards in that game with Josh Harris leading the way with 96 yards. Quarterback Tanner Price completed just 6 passes for 132 yards including a 66 yard touchdown to star receiver Michael Campanaro who had 4 catches on the day for 91 yards.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd can reach a pair of career milestones Saturday. With a win, he will tie Charley Whitehurst for second among Clemson’s winningest quarterbacks with 25. Rodney Williams is the career leader with 32. And Boyd needs two touchdowns rushing or passing to reach 100 making him just the second player in ACC history to hit that mark. Former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers is the career leader with 112.
ESPNU will televise the game with kickoff set for 3:30 PM.