But Dabo Swinney doesn't want his team looking past Presbyterian and ahead to the following weekend at Auburn.
"Them boys at Oxford didn't think they would get beat," he said during Sunday evening's teleconference. "They're sitting there today sick. I don't know who Ole Miss plays next week, but if you're looking ahead, you're setting yourself up for a big fall."
There's no doubt that Clemson is favored over Presbyterian. Last Thursday, Presbyterian played its first BCS opponent since moving to Division I—Wake Forest won 53-13 in Winston Salem.
"We should be better than Presbyterian, but you have to go play. The game is played on the field. I don't think they're going to come in here and forfeit the game," Swinney said. "You have to go win the game on the field and do the things it takes to win."
Clemson will be coming of a 35-10 win over North Texas that saw the Mean Green rack up over 462 yards of offense while holding the ball for nearly 42 minutes.
"Defensively, we just didn't play well enough. I was disappointed in our time possession, amount of yards we gave up," Swinney said. "I don't want to take anything away from North Texas. They did a good job, but not a good start for us, defensively.
"Too many big plays and not good on third down...a lot of it was not tackling well. We've got to take this film and challenge these guys, hopefully play like we're capable of this week and keep getting better."
He's disappointed with a few individuals on the defensive side of the ball. None were mentioned by name, though.
"We've got a few guys that I'm disappointed in that I know are better players," Swinney said. "We'll challenge them appropriately and see if we can get them better."
Senior nose guard Miguel Chavis suffered a "low level" ankle sprain early on during Saturday's game.
"He should be fine. We'll see how he goes the next couple of days. It doesn't appear—not much swelling—it doesn't appear to be something that's going to linger," Swinney said.
Senior safety/quarterback Michael Wade has a "bum shoulder." His contact will probably be limited this week, although Swinney did say that he expected Wade would be OK.
Redshirt junior linebacker Brandon Maye is still recovering from the minor knee surgery he had last week. Swinney will have a better idea of Maye's status for the Presbyterian game on Monday.
"He looks good. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to play some this week," Swinney said. "Certainly, we missed him. He's a good player."
The book on the North Texas game closes once the team comes together Monday morning. From there, the focus shifts to Presbyterian.
"Obviously, we've got a lot to improve upon. That's what we'll go to work on improving this week now that we've got some film," Swinney said. "We'll try to hold guys accountable for their jobs and see if we can get a little bit better."
"That's going to be our goal this week. Try to play better, more disciplined and a little cleaner execution in some spots."
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