The mission has been accomplished--so far.
Through the first six games of the season the Clemson Tigers are right where they wanted to be sitting at 6-0 ranked number six in the country with just half a season left between them and a very special season. And, with each win the pressure increases. The target on the their back grows ever larger, and everyone is looking ahead at the schedule--everyone except the Tigers.
"I feel good where we are," Tiger quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "I'm not satisfied. No one on this team is satified, and 6-0 doesn't mean anything it's just a record. It's a one game season for us."
Coming off a dominating performance last Saturday night that saw the Tigers offense torch the number one ranked Boston College defense for 523 yards, inlcuding 420 yards passing by Deshaun Watson, one would think that the Tigers are finally rolling--that could not be further from the truth according to the Tigers head coach.
"Hats off to our offense and offensive staff...Again, I am really proud of our team. It was outstanding, competive, physical matchup last night," Swinney said Sunday night. "I really like all the positives that we had in the game. There are so many of them we don't have time to go through everything. Having said that we have a lot of things that we have to correct."
With the season just halfway through and a lot of games left to be played, the Tigers are not waivering from the company line that has gotten them this far--a one game season. Next up for the Tigers is a road trip to historic powerhouse Miami.
"It's a one game season for us. Now we are going to focus on Miami," Watson said following Satruday nights win. "For us this is just a confidence booster. We know that we can be explosive. we missed a lot of opportunities in the first half that could have been touchdowns. It is little things that we can fix. We can get back to the basics on Monday and details Monday and get better."
"Getting better" is a scary thought for opponents that will go against the Tigers in the final six games of the regular season.
For the first time this season head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged that he, and his players, are aware of how good they are.
"Our guys realize and believe wholeheartedly that we're the best team. We're not cocky or anything like that. We know anybody can beat us, too...We're going to enjoy the win and when we come in Monday we look straight ahead."
TIGERS HONORED BY ACC:
Two Tigers were honored by the ACC with Football Players of the Week selected by a 14-member media panel on Monday. Those two players were quarterback Deshaun Watson and offensive lineman Jay Guillermo.
Watson completed 27-41 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers victory over Boston College. Watson also added 32 yards rushing and touchdown--a 22 yard run. With the victory Saturday night Watson became the first quarterback in Clemson's history to win 10 of his first 11 starts.
Guillermo repeated as Offensive lineman of the week after grading out at an 88 percent on 78 plays Saturday night. Playing both center and guard, Guillermo played every offensive snap for the Tigers that racked up 523 yards of offense against the number one ranked defense in college football.