CLEMSON — It’s not GameDay … but it’s gameday.
Since Dabo Swinney insists the Tigers play to a certain standard regardless of the opponent, and the Clemson fans have sold out Death Valley thus rooting to a certain standard, I will hold up my end of the bargain and write to a certain standard.
From your sweet sixteen options below, the blog barista recommends the Roderick McDowell and Stanton Seckinger pieces. Both guys really opened up about their road to this year, and those are the best types of stories.
If you’re into the juicy stuff, the Chad Morris and Mark Richt exchanges about faking injuries to slow the tempo is kind of interesting.
Here are your week links leading up to South Carolina State’s visit to face No. 4 Clemson:
Today’s Preview | Clemson backups ready for action against S.C. State
Inside the Game | South Carolina State at Clemson, 12:30 p.m. kickoff
Pregame Pep Talk | Clemson should roll over SC State, Week 2 picks (Gamecocks or Georgia?)
Personality feature | A persistent underdog, “Hot Rod” McDowell motivated by grandpa’s loss, brother’s love
Behind Enemy Lines | Thomas Grant, The Times and Democrat
ACC teleconference | Victories over SEC are statement for Clemson, not ACC pride
Tuesday notebook | Tajh talks Heisman, injury updates
Climb up the polls | Clemson’s No. 4 ranking its highest in 25 years, plus a first-place vote
First Take | Scouting South Carolina State
Personality feature | Stanton Seckinger’s clutch catch beat his dad’s beloved Bulldogs
Recapping Georgia | Chad Morris on fake-injury tactics: “I think we all see the same thing”
Beat column | Brenner: Georgia-Clemson worth the wait in every sense