Atlantic Division hopes alive and well

Believe it or not, Clemson's push for second-straight ACC Atlantic Division title is still alive.

The Tigers must pick up a win in Tallahassee this weekend to continue the push for the ACC Championship game.

The Atlantic is still up for grabs with Florida State barely hanging on to first-place at 4-2. Maryland and N.C. State are tied for second at 3-2. Clemson is alone in fourth at 3-3.

Clemson has to win each of the next two games, plus Maryland and N.C. State both need to lose once more.

If it all goes down, the Tigers would then hold the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Seminoles, Wolfpack and Terrapins, assuming all the teams finish with the same record.

"It's November, and we do have a chance," Swinney said. "There's definitely an opportunity out there. As long as you've got a chance, that's all you can ask for."

For him, there's no need to spend much time thinking about the help Clemson needs for a Dec. 4 date in Charlotte, N.C.

"It's about trying to win a game on the road and just take another step forward to try and finish the season," Swinney said. "That's really what we've got to focus on. The only thing we've got worry about is what we can control. That's how we'll prepare this week and how we'll play against Florida State.

"All the other stuff will work itself out. We don't have control over any of that, but we do have control over how we play."

The competition at place kicker is back open after Richard Jackson missed two field goal attempts on Saturday. Swinney said Jackson, Chandler Catanzaro and Spencer Benton will compete for the assignment against Florida State.

A decision will be announced Thursday.

"Obviously, [I] will be watching that very closely. It's been a frustrating thing," Swinney said.

There will be a few more changes in personnel with a few players returning from injury. No major injuries were sustained against the Wolfpack.

--Jaron Brown was dressed out for the N.C. State game, incase of emergency. He'll be back for the Florida State game.

--Carlton Lewis (jaw) will be back at practice on Monday. His status will be updated later on in the week, but he could play on Saturday.

--Miguel Chavis (ankle) "has a little spring back in his step." His progress will be monitored throughout the week.

--Kourtnei Brown (ankle) is doubtful for Florida State, but could return a week later for the Wake Forest game.


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