Thoughts from the WestZone: A perfect day, defense and who would you hire?

Saturday is supposed to be one of those perfect, sun splashed afternoons that are perfect for tailgating. The evening hours are forecast to be crisp and clear, the perfect conditions for a Clemson football game in Death Valley. What should Syracuse expect? What other nuggets came out of the WestZone this week?

Pigskin Prophet: Re-stocking the shelves edition

For anyone looking for work, the Pigskin Prophet has a hot tip for you: A certain national retailer will be hiring extra help late Saturday night in Columbia. Plus he has his weekly picks.

Dye is a go, Peake has synovitis and Leggett has surgery

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday night that running back Tyshon Dye should play Saturday against Syracuse. How much will Dye play? What is the other injury news? What does he say about Tyrone Crowder's pass blocking? What is the latest on Charone Peake?

Syracuse QB says Venables "known for doing crazy things"

Brent Venables is known to Clemson fans and players as being emotional and animated on the sidelines, but what do opponents think of the Tigers defensive coordinator? Photo by Jeremy Brevard / USATODAY

Fast Track to Stardom
Sophomore safety Jayron Kearse is on the fast track to stardom, and every game he plays and each snap he takes gets him closer to where he wants to be. What does he say about his progression?

Venables, Clemson defense thriving in close games
Clemson’s football team has played two thrilling games over the last couple of weeks, relying on the defense for a last-minute stop on both occasions in order to seal the victory. And while many fans may have been close to a panic attack or heart failure, defensive coordinator Brent Venables was having fun. He also thinks that winning these close games will give his team an advantage down the stretch.

Tigers not overlooking Syracuse despite the record; updates on Watson, Dye
Syracuse may be coming to Clemson with a losing record, but Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney says the Orange are playing their best football of the season. What does Swinney say about Tyshon Dye? How is Deshaun Watson progressing?

10/21Will Roderick Byers make an impact on offense?
10/20Can Clemson offense withstand any more injuries?
10/20Morris breaks down thin running back rotation, Tyshon Dye and C.J. Fuller
10/20TigerNet Talk - Top "Choice" Out
10/19Sunday night film review: Choice out for year, Dye close to ready
10/19Morris says nothing easy for offense right now
10/19Venables says mistakes the difference between a good and a great performance
10/18Swinney, players say strength and conditioning paid off in "weight room battle"
10/18Stoudt dares anyone to take MVP trophy away
10/18Defense holds on fourth down late, Tigers leave BC with 17-13 victory
10/18Instant halftime analysis: Clemson 10, Boston College 7
10/18It's A Clemson Thing
10/17Clemson vs. Boston College prediction
10/17Meet Nick Schuessler
10/16Pigskin Prophet... Autograph edition
10/15Boulware's pestering of Venables turns into career day
10/15Wednesday night update: Swinney talks injuries, Deshaun Watson and BC
10/15Huggins ready to put his recruitment on the fast track
10/15TigerNet Talk - Tigers Win, Watson Injured
10/15Can Cole Stoudt win the starting job back? Morris says yes
10/14Venables on Addazio's comments: "He's trying to set us up"
10/14Radakovich details oculus construction, changes to Clemson sports venues
10/14Swinney updates Clemson injury situation as Tigers prepare for Boston College
10/14Peters is saving the best for last
10/13Clemson best defense since 2009 'Bama? BC's Addazio thinks so
10/13Morris talks shotgun snap, going under center and running the Wildcat
10/13Final thoughts: Short-yardage issues, Ben Boulware and ACC defense
10/12Swinney discusses Deshaun Watson's surgery and return date
08/30@Georgia45-21 L
09/06SC State$73-7 W
09/20@Florida State23-17 L
09/27North Carolina+50-35 W
10/04NC State%41-0 W
10/11Louisville~23-17 W
10/18@Boston College17-13 W
10/24Tigerama7:00 PM
10/25Syracuse^7:00 PM; TV:ESPNU
11/06@Wake Forest (Thurs)7:30 PM; TV: ESPN
11/15@Georgia TechTBA
11/22Georgia St*TBA
11/29South Carolina#TBA
#Senior Day/Solid Orange Day; $Cheer Clinic/Youth Day; +Hall of Fame Day; ^Homecoming; %IPTAY Day; *Military Appreciation Day/Purple Out; ~Family Weekend; all times ET
08/31Georgia#38-35 W
09/07SC State$52-13 W
09/14Open Date
09/19@NC State (Thursday)26-14 W
09/28Wake Forest^56-7 W
10/05@Syracuse49-14 W
10/12Boston College+24-14 W
10/19Florida St%51-14 L
10/26@Maryland40-27 W
11/02@Virginia59-10 W
11/09Open Date
11/14Georgia Tech(Thursday)55-31 W
11/23The Citadel*52-6 W
11/30@South Carolina31-17 L
1/3Ohio State (Orange Bowl)40-35 W
#Solid Orange Day; $Family Weekend/Youth Day; +Hall of Fame Day/Football Reunion Weekend; ^Homecoming; %IPTAY Day; *Senior Day/Military Appreciation Day/Purple Out; all times EST
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