Clemson creates winning expectation

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney felt it during his college days and he’s feeling it now with his sixth-ranked Tigers – an expectation of success.

Swinney walked on to the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, eventually working his way to scholarship status with the 1992 national champions. What set Alabama apart was the iron-clad belief that it would do what it took to win. No other outcome was acceptable.

Swinney sees the same notion taking hold at Clemson, which is 8-0 for the first time in 11 years after a 59-38 victory over North Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers (5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) try to move to 9-0 for the first time in 30 years since the school’s 1981 national championship season at Georgia Tech this weekend.

“I’m starting to see an expectation in these guys. They practice the right way,” Swinney said. “That’s all a product of winning.”

Clemson moved up to sixth in the AP and USA Today polls, its highest spot since 2000. More importantly for the Tigers, they’re now fifth in the BCS standings.

The Yellow Jackets fell out of the rankings this week from No. 20 after their second consecutive loss.

TENNESSEE: Freshman quarterback Justin Worley won’t redshirt this season.

Volunteers coach Derek Dooley put Worley into Saturday’s 37-6 loss to second-ranked Alabama with 3:07 to play in the game.

MONTANA: Police say officers used stun guns to subdue quarterback Gerald Kemp and cornerback Trumaine Johnson on Sunday morning after a game.

Sgt. Collin Rose says the two players scuffled with police officers who responded to a noise complaint at about 2:40 a.m.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 07:56 am
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I'm going to go over this

I'm going to go over this once more. It was a bad stroke of luck that Stanford jumped Clemson in this week's BCS rankings. Two teams in the top three are likely to lose. Ok State has to play Ok and K-State. They stand a good chance of losing. LSU and ALA play each other so one of them is out. That leaves the number 4 ranked team playing for the National Championship.

If Stanford hadn't jumped in front this week Clemson would have been set....if they run out. But Stanford still has to play Southern Cal, OREGON and Notre Dame. Oregon in particular could take them out. So Clemson could still get in. This improbable circumstance is getting more likely every week.

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justthefacts 10/24/11 - 08:02 am
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Boise State?

Boise State?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 08:04 am
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Stanford and Clemson both

Stanford and Clemson both jumped Boise this week. Check the BCS poll. Boise had a tough time with a weak Air Force.

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justthefacts 10/24/11 - 08:08 am
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One of us is blind. I see

One of us is blind. I see LSU, AL, OKLA ST, Boise, Clemson, Stanford.

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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 08:18 am
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Ummm, I double checked. You

Ummm, I double checked. You are right. They didn't jump Boise. I was looking at the projected BCS poll for this week. Son of a gun, but I still believe Clemson and Stanford will both jump Boise. They won't let them play for IT.

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justthefacts 10/24/11 - 08:22 am
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There is also the chance that

There is also the chance that if the LSU AL game is as tight as predicted, both would stay ranked, as well they should, ahead of most all the contenders. Which begs the question. Do you REALLY want the Tigers playing LSU/Alabama in the BIG game?

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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 08:26 am
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Justthefacts, sure you are

Justthefacts, sure you are right about a close LSU-AL game, but they CAN'T turn around and let them play again for the championship. Clemson v. LSU would work for me although I totally get your point that LSU will be the heavy favorite.

Clemson was the underdog when they played Neb in 1981 for the championship, too. Their offense will score against anyone and that lets them hang with anyone.

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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 08:34 am
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Early point spreads have

Early point spreads have Clemson a 4.5 fav over Ga Tech. UGA-FL even and SC by 3.5 over Tenn.

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justthefacts 10/24/11 - 08:35 am
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Clemson's offense has made

Clemson's offense has made them one of the best stories of 2011. No doubt. But the defenses of LSU-AL present something the Tigers have not seen in the ACC. Strength of Schedule is going to hurt the Tigers in the final ranking with only VA Tech as a legitimate win. You need to hope that USC continues to win.

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justthefacts 10/24/11 - 08:37 am
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I don't think we could beat

I don't think we could beat UF if they played left-handed. But, I will be there.

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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 01:39 pm
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I agree Clemson's weak

I agree Clemson's weak schedule is a problem. But there is hope. I actually want both USC's to keep winning. Southern Cal knocking off those PAC 12 schools and South Carolina so Clemson can beat a highly ranked team the last week of the regular season.

Remember that Clemson plays in a BCS conference and scheduled TWO SEC out of conference opponents. They also beat two ranked teams in consecutive weeks. Too bad Tech fell again last week. They would have been ranked and that would have helped. They will also be playing one more ranked team in the ACC championship. Whether it is Va Tech or Miami they should be ranked by the time of that game. Haha...maybe all this is wishful thinking, but as you saw, I've been seeing this since early on this year for some reason.

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