Tommy Bowden's Sunday Teleconference

News and notes from head coach Tommy Bowden after Saturday's win at Duke.

TIGERS CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY: After a 47-10 win at Duke and with Florida State beating No. 2 Boston College Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. 27-17, the Tigers now control their own destiny in regards to the Atlantic Division championship.

Should Clemson defeat Wake Forest this weekend and Boston College the next, the Tigers will play in the ACC Championship game in Jacksonville in the first week of December.

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said Sunday he would expect that fact to give his team a boost this week during practice.

"I would think so, yes," he said. ... "You would rather have it there than have to depend on somebody else," he said. "I wish our next two opponents weren't Wake Forest and Boston College. But that's all we can ask for. We have control over the car."

Clemson has never played in the ACC Championship game since its inception in 2005, but has come close the last two seasons.

INJURY UPDATES: The Tigers suffered multiple injuries in Saturday's win over Duke.

WR Tyler Grisham, CB Crezdon Butler and TE Michael Palmer all suffered concussions but Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret said Sunday that they all should be "okay" and all three should play Saturday against Wake Forest.

However their status for practice Monday is not known.

EYE ON NEXT WEEK: Clemson will welcome in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Wake Forest had won six games in a row before a 17-16 loss at Virginia.

Now 6-3, Wake Forest also fell out of the AP top 25 after Saturday's loss.

The Deacs drove to Virginia's 30 in the closing seconds, but All-ACC kicker Sam Swank, missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt with two seconds left. He had made 13-of-14 field-goal attempts before missing his last two tries against Virginia.

"Missing the last field goal was a very small part of the game," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe told reporters afterwards. "We had opportunities in the first half and the second half that we didn't take advantage of both offensively and defensively. It's really a team loss."

Clemson defeated Wake Forest last season 27-17 in Groves Stadium.

Wake Forest last visited Clemson in 2004, a 37-30 win for the Tigers in double overtime.

QUICK HITS: After beating Duke to improve to 7-2 on the season, the Tigers are now ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll. The Tigers are also 20th in the USA Today/Coaches poll.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Our fans have finally given Wake Forest their due respect. Our coaches have given them that for years. They are the defending ACC champs. They are coming to our house and our destiny is in our hands." -- Bowden on facing Wake Forest Saturday.

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