Even if the Tigers were looking past the visiting Blue Hose from Presbyterian on Saturday, it didn't show. Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and didn't look back. Up 42-0 at halftime, the Tigers picked up a convincing 58-21 win.
No matter whom the opponent is Andre Branch said there's no time for any lackluster performances.
"It doesn't matter if we're playing an NFL team or a high school team, we're going to treat each team the same, regardless," he said. "We're going [at] each team the same way. No slack off at all. That's what championship-caliber teams do."
Clemson racked up a total of 414 yards—202 passing and 212 rushing. Presbyterian didn't cross the 50-yardline until the 4:04 mark in the third quarter.
The win sets up a meeting of undefeated Tigers in seven days.
Next up: Auburn. And it's about time.
"I'm excited about next week. We turn the page quick," said head coach Dabo Swinney, who improved to 2-0 on the season. "The countdown clock is already on in the locker room. We've got a great opportunity staring at us next week against a really difficult opponent at a tough place."
Auburn improved to 2-0 with a 17-14 win at Mississippi State on Thursday night.
"It's obviously our biggest test thus far," Swinney said. "We'll have to have a great week of practice. We'll have to get really dialed in on what we're going to do. Auburn is a very good football team."
After Saturday's victory, he admitted the trip to The Plains means a little extra something to him.
Swinney, a three-year letterman at Alabama, graduated with a degree in Commerce and Business Administration. Following his playing career, Swinney worked as a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide from 1993-95. After earning a master's degree in Business Administration, he was hired as a full-time assistant coach in February of 1996.
Swinney, a lifelong Alabama fan, served on the Tide staff until 2000.
"I was part of that Alabama, Auburn game for 13 seasons. I was raised up a part of it," he said. "Absolutely, I'm looking forward to playing Auburn.
"I think it's a great fit for us, as far as an out of conference-type of opponent. We cross over in recruiting all the time. It's great for their fan-base and our fan-base. It's not far. It's going to be fun."
Big test awaits at Auburn
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