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 – Typical Chad Morris: he’s at the point of expecting to be asked what went wrong after a 49-point victory, because elite is never enough.
Quite simply, Morris said in his weekly Monday sitdown with reporters, “There’s plenty to get better. We’re not going to spend the day patting them on the back.”
Among the complaints Clemson’s offensive coordinator had for his No. 16-rated scoring offense: “We’ve got to get cleared up in our run game. We had some snap issues. We gave up two sacks just by being soft, entirely too soft and not playing with technique. Our technique has got to get better on the offensive line. We’re going to keep pressing those guys. We had three drops.”
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.”
CLEMSON – Welcome back to game week. Time to shift into fifth gear on focusing on ACC action, and it’s a doozy of a test to start things off for top-five squad Clemson. Don’t let the Vegas line fool you.
Who: No. 3 Clemson (2-0) at North Carolina State (2-0)