Clemson’s Death Valley is notorious for a hostile environment during night-time kick-offs, but Saturday’s kick-off against Miami is set for 12 pm EST. Herbstreit will more than likely point this out on College Game Day, as he usually does.
Dabo Swinney, however, wants “The Valley to be rockin’.”
Swinney said during his press conference today, “My job is to get this team ready to play whether it’s 9 am or 9 pm. Let’s quit quacking like a bunch of ducks, whining, and complaining. Let’s get the Valley rockin. This is the best venue in college football. We had this place rockin’ to 125 decibels the last time Miami was here. Let’s get it to 126.”
“It’s going to be our offensive line vs. their defensive line. Something has to give.”
“We have to tackle. One of the things we have done well is give up the big play. We have to make a team go earn it.”
“It’s going to be a tough order, but I’ll be disappointed if we can’t establish a run game. Our goal going into every ball game is to establish some sort of run game.”
“They bring more pressures this year than they did last year. They are really long and fast up front.”
Clemson won last season 40-37 in overtime. The Hurricanes won the previous meeting in 2005 at Clemson by a score of 36-30 in overtime.