Miami Fear Factor?

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden talks about Saturday's big win at Maryland, previews Miami.

NO TURNOVERS EQUALS MORE WINS: Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Sunday that with his team protecting the football so well early in the season, it's not surprising that success has followed.

"Turnovers are a key factor in us being 2-0," Bowden said. "I thought the key to our season last year was that we led the nation in turnovers, then stopped having them and won five out of six.

"With the two games we've played, Texas A&M committed one and they lost the game. Maryland committed one they lost the game. I think our team our realizes the significance of that."

Note: the bad snap in Saturday's game at Maryland on an attempted punt does not count as a turnover. Tye Hill had the Tigers' only forced turnover Saturday when he picked off Maryland QB Sam Hollenbach.

NO FEAR FACTOR? Before ACC expansion, Florida State was widely considered the most the intimidating team in the ACC. However now, with Miami and Virginia Tech in the league, there are at least two more teams to add to that list.

Or are there?

Clemson has beaten Miami and Florida State within the last two years. Miami also lost to North Carolina last year, while FSU has lost to N.C. State, North Carolina, and Maryland in recent years.

The Tigers' win against Miami came on the Hurricanes' home field in the Orange Bowl just a season ago. Does that mean the fear factor in facing teams like Virginia Tech, Miami, and Florida State is somewhat gone?

"Yeah I think there is some merit to that," Bowden said cautiously. "There is something to that. But they (Miami) are going to be really talented, and we'll have to play really well (to win Saturday)."

NO CELEBRATION FOR SPENCE: New offensive coordinator Rob Spence said Saturday he's already thinking about next weekend's opponent - the Miami Hurricanes.

"I'm already thinking about Miami," he said directly after Saturday's win over Maryland. "This was a great win today, but I'm already thinking about Miami."

Miami is 4-2 all-time against Clemson. Oddly enough, both Tiger victories have occured on the road in the Orange Bowl.

QUICK HITS: Bowden also mentioned Curtis Baham, Charlie Whitehurst, and Nathan Bennett as early stand out performances on offense ... he also noted several more wide receivers for their blocking, including Kelvin Grant, Aaron Kelly, and Chansi Stuckey. ... Brandon Pilgrim will practice this week, just as has he did last week, even though he did not play Saturday. ... There are no new injuries from Saturday's game at Maryland. ... Anthony Waters led Clemson with 14 tackles, including four tackles for loss. Nick Watkins had 13 tackles (including six on special teams). ... Gaines Adams was credited with 2.5 sacks. Top Stories