CLEMSON, S.C. — Since the second quarter of Week 1, Clemson’s offense has seemingly showed improvement in some way or another with each passing week.
Either in overall execution, third down efficiency, red zone efficiency or red zone touchdowns, the fifth-ranked Tigers have improved with each and every game. Can they keep it up Saturday when they travel to Boston College (2-3, 1-2 ACC) for a 7:30 p.m. kick on ABC?
Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) is night and day better in its offensive efficiency compared to last season. The Tigers lead the country in red zone offense, rank third in red zone touchdowns and ninth in third down conversions.
What does Clemson have to do this week to keep improving?
“Again, there is precision in what we are doing. It is a simple thing,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.
And that is a message to every player and coach on offense.
“Just precision in what we do,” Swinney said. “I mean we are really close in some spots.”
One area the Tigers can definitely improve is with penalties. They have been called several times for illegal procedure penalties the last few weeks, penalties including a couple against NC State and Wake Forest that ended potential scoring drives.
“We got to cut out stupid penalties,” Swinney said. “We have had some really dumb penalties that cost us. Those are plays… you have a great play call that is fixing to hit, and you jump offside on first down coming off the sideline. Now its first-and-fifteen and it is a different deal.”
Here are a few things you need to know about tonight’s game.
Opponent: Boston College
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Latest Line: Clemson minus-20
All-Time Series: Clemson leads series, 29-9-2
Games at Clemson: Clemson leads, 10-3-1
Games at Boston College: Clemson leads, 9-6-1
Neutral Site: Clemson leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Clemson won 19-13, 2021
Streak: Clemson, won 11
What to Watch for This Week:
- Clemson is looking to extend the nation’s longest winning streak, which currently sits at 11 games.
- Clemson attempting to post the sixth winning streak of 12 or more games in program history.
- Clemson attempting to open a season 6-0 for the 17th time in program history (1900, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1948, 1981, 1987, 2000, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).
- Clemson attempting to win its 12th consecutive game against Boston College, dating back to 2011. Clemson’s 11-game winning streak against Boston College is its second-longest active streak against an ACC opponent, trailing Clemson’s 14-game active winning streak against Wake Forest.
- Clemson attempting to improve to 14-1 against Boston College under Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
- Clemson attempting to improve to 45-2 in its last 47 games against ACC Atlantic Division teams, including games against typical Atlantic division foes in the division-free season in 2020.
- This week will mark the 192-career game for head coach Dabo Swinney at Clemson. It moves him into sole possession of third place all-time in the ACC.
- Clemson attempting to finish even or positive in the turnover margin for a 10th consecutive game, dating to last season. It would be Clemson’s first time doing so over 10 games since an 11-game streak across the 1996-’97 seasons. Clemson’s last game in which it lost the turnover margin was on Nov. 6 last season at Louisville.
- Clemson attempting to outrush its opponent for a 10th straight game, dating to last season. It would be Clemson’s longest streak since the final two games of the 2005 season and the first eight games of 2006.
- Kicker B.T. Potter (396) needs nine points to pass Chandler Catanzaro (404 from 2010-13) to become the highestscoring kicker in Clemson history. He would trail only running back Travis Etienne (468) in career points in Clemson history.
- Potter (63) needing one field goal to pass Obed Ariri (63 from 1977-80) and Chris Gardocki (63 from 1988- 90) for sole possession of third in Clemson history in career field goals. He is four shy of Chandler Catanzaro (67 from 2010-13) for second.
- This year’s matchup represents the 15th time that Clemson and Boston College will play for the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy, which the Boston College Gridiron Club began sponsoring in 2008. Clemson has won 13 of the 14 years the trophy has been awarded.
- The trophy features a leather helmet replica of those used by Charlie O’Rourke of Boston College and Banks McFadden of Clemson when they competed against each other in the 1940 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
- In addition to the trophy presentation, the Boston College Gridiron Club presents a replica leather helmet to the MVP of the winning school in the locker room.
- Clemson is 7-6-2 all-time in games contested on Oct. 8, including a win in its most recent Oct. 8 contest, that was a 36-14 home win in 2011 against Boston College.
—Clemson Athletic Communications contributed to this story