Dabo Swinney holds firm to his belief that there's no reason to celebrate yet.
At 7-3 and on the cusp of an ACC Atlantic Division, he wants Clemson to finish the right way against Virginia at 3:30 on Saturday.
"If we lose this game Saturday, we're just a 7-4 that had a good run and didn't finish," he said after Thursday's practice.
"We've got work to do. When it's all said and done, if we finish the right way, then we can look back."
Swinney won't discount what's happened this season. After a 2-3 start, he believes the Tigers have "come a long way."
"We've made a lot of improvement, regardless of what happens Saturday," he said. "We've improved in so many areas. I want to see this team finish out the season the right way."
Clemson closed its final practice on Thursday before hosting the visiting Cavaliers, who sport a 3-7 record. Focus on the task at hand hasn't appeared to be an issue throughout the week. One more solid practice capped what's been a week full of anticipation.
"Practice was excellent--really, really good on both sides of the ball. We got through out script before the clock was done. They were just rolling through the reps," Swinney said. "With five minute periods, I think we were done with three minutes left on the last period. That's pretty good tempo."
Richard Jackson and Spencer Benton are "dead even" for place kicking duties. Swinney said the decision as to who will start will come during warm-ups on Saturday.
"We'll watch them during pre-game and make the call and see if one is better than the other on game day," he said. "Both have kicked pretty well all week."
Facing a tall Virginia secondary, Swinney is impressed with Cavalier corners Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook.
"They're talented. They'll pick the ball of. They got the first score against BC on a pick six. They're really good players. The NFL scouts are high on them," Swinney said.
Focused Tigers end on good note
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