SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Well, this is posting at 10 a.m. Sunday, but it is 7 a.m. in Seattle, Wash. – the site of the next College GameDay. All indications is they’ll have one heck of a drive from Seattle to the southeast for the Oct. 19 edition, when Florida State comes to Clemson.
It’s also 7 a.m. in Pasadena. Not that there’s (ahem) anything significant there later this season in college football. Ahem.
1) As the team thought he would, C.J. Spiller was on the field before and during the Tigers’ trek to Syracuse. Spiller is a fourth-year back for the Buffalo Bills, and the 2009 All-American made the Pro Bowl last season with 1,244 yards.
Spiller mainly hung by the running backs in pregame warmups, and briefly stopped by the end zone to take a picture with some young Clemson fans. He also chatted at length with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and ACC commissioner John Swofford at midfield.
CLEMSON – Was hoping to make this morning-after version of 7 at 7 one quote from each of the seven touchdown scorers yesterday; but we only talked to four of the seven.
So, instead, seven random notes which didn’t make the print notebook and are worth taking note:
1) Sammy Watkins licked his chops all week, knowing what was coming as early as the third play of the game.
“That was scripted as an early call, because No. 7 (Merritt Noel) and No. 9 (Kevin Johnson) are very aggressive at corner, and they will jump things,” head coach Dabo Swinney said. “It was a little double move by Sammy; corner actually did a good job, but Sammy did a great job of running through the collision, and Tajh did an excellent job of keeping the ball inbounds where Sammy could go get it.
“Even if you don’t hit it, you send a message, as far as, hey, we’re going to take some shots.”