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Clemson hosts Boston College Saturday afternoon in Death Valley, and for the 10th time the teams will play for a trophy. The Boston College Gridiron Club began sponsoring the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy in 2008. Clemson has won eight of the nine years the trophy has been awarded.
For a lot of teams, Saturday could be seen as a potential problem. You know, a team coming off a big-time win and with another big-time matchup coming up next week. It might be hard for some teams to stay focused on the task at hand: a home date in a mid-afternoon game against a team that appears to be overmatched.
On the way back from Louisville Sunday, we stopped at a restaurant in Knoxville to listen to head coach Dabo Swinney’s weekly teleconference, and Swinney mentioned that the Tigers were as healthy as could be expected through three games. That all changed in just a few days.
As everyone knows, our fleet of vehicles were already in Louisville for the Clemson game last weekend after we hauled in several loads of neck braces that were supposed to be a giveaway for Cardinal fans. It turned into a gold mine for the Prophet.
Head coach Dabo Swinney appreciates the sentiment set forth by ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit Wednesday, but wants to remind everyone that champions aren’t crowned in the month of November.
|9/20||Rudolph out for the season, Swinney looks for freshmen to step up|
|9/20||Venables says Saturday sets up to be a bloody nose kind of day|
|9/20||Inside the Road Trip: Big game vibe was missing from Louisville|
|9/19||Don't want to get smacked by Wilkins? Don't score. Or play rock-paper-scissors|
|9/19||Swinney making sure Tigers "appreciate each one" as winning continues|
|9/19||On the road with 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman|
|9/18||Robbie Tinsley: Despite losses, Tigers keep winning|
|9/18||Leave No Doubt: Swinney's message heard loud and clear in romp over Cards|
|9/18||Second Look: Grading Clemson versus Louisville|
|9/17||Swinney: Tigers are hungry and have depth "you dream of as a coach"|
|9/17||Bryant, Clemson offense steal the show against Louisville|
|9/17||O'Daniel's pick-six a punch in the gut for Louisville|
|9/17||Up To the Task: Clemson's defense shut down Lamar Jackson when it mattered|
|9/17||Inside the Interviews: Clemson and Louisville players and coaches on Tigers' win|
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