The Clemson Tigers were thrilled to be back on the field on Saturday. Collectively, they were trying to get past the blowout they suffered at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles in Death Valley last weekend. And get past it they did, beating the Maryland Terrapins 40-27.
The Tigers are clearly not as bad as they showed last week. There were nerves and turnovers, and a sudden snowball effect in that game that led to the blowout. Plus, Florida State is legitimately one of the three best teams in the country.
There is still plenty to play for in 2013 for Clemson. While they are not likely to win the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, they could still be in play for an at-large BCS berth. If the Tigers finish with just one loss, with that loss being to Florida State, it would likely be tough to keep Clemson out of the BCS.
The job for Dabo Swinney is to keep his team on task and working toward a particular goal. While Saturday wasn’t the best Clemson performance of the year, it was solid, especially after what the team went through last week. If Swinney and his staff can set the BCS as a goal, that should keep the Tigers motivated for the rest of the regular season.
This Clemson team would be attractive for the BCS as well. With star players like Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, the Tigers would big a big draw both in attendance and in television numbers, and both of those factors could be key in securing a BCS big. First, the Tigers need to win the rest of their games. Then, they must hope for the best in the BCS.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.