"There's still some positive about (the loss)," he said. "We've still got our division to play. They're not in our division so it's not going to do anything to our season."
DeAndre McDaniel was still having a tough time getting over Saturday's loss on Monday afternoon.
"We probably would have been top 25 this week and we would have been on our way," he said.
McDaniel thinks the win would have also brought respect Clemson's way along with moving the Tigers a little closer to becoming an elite team.
"It's just the loss. That's what's bothering me. I know we'll never have a chance to play TCU again," he said.
At the same time, McDaniel understands why the coaches preach to the players to look forward, win or lose. The ACC Championship and trip to the BCS are still within reach, he said.
"It's not going to stop any goals we have on our table," Ford said.
Sitting at the top of the ACC Atlantic Division standings with Boston College, Clemson leads the division because the Tigers won the head to head matchup a week ago. Clemson is 2-2 overall and 1-1 in ACC play. Boston College is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
N.C. State and Maryland have yet to play an ACC game with records of 3-1 and 1-3, respectively.
Florida State and Wake Forest are both 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Da'Quan Bowers left the loss behind him in the locker room as he opened its doors for post-game interviews with members of the media Saturday night.
"We have to go back to the drawing board this week and focus on Maryland to get an ACC victory," he said.
Whether he's still upset about the loss or not, McDaniel said he's going to work for hard to get ready for Saturday's trip to College Park.
"I'm going to be focused on Maryland," he said. "I'm going to still get prepared for them but that TCU loss is still going to be on my mind though, probably all year."
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