Big test awaits at Auburn

CLEMSON - Now that the warm-ups are over, it's time to move on to the first true test on Clemson's 2010 schedule.

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." Top Stories