Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney did his best Lebron James impersonation Tuesday in his weekly press conference ahead of the Tigers trip on Saturday to face historic football power Miami at 12 p.m. Saturday.
"We're excited about playing Miami. We're excited about taking our talents to South Beach...," Swinney said.
The Hurricane's are currently 4-2 (1-1 ACC) having lost two out of their last three contests to Cincinnati and Florida State, however what Swinney see's in Miami is a team that is playing their best football and that is all that matters.
"They are a really talented football team, and an improving team. It's easy to see if you sit down and watch their games in sequence that they are improving. They figured some things out personnel wise and have people playing with a lot of confidence. They are playing their best football of the season right now. And that's what good teams do--they play their best late in the season."
Leading the Hurricane's is quarterback Brad Kaaya who has been the leagues offensive player of the year through the first half of the season.
Kaaya's ACC-leading 1,795 passing yards are 346 more than the next highest total of 1,449 of Florida State's Everett Golson. However, with the most talented group of receivers and a strong running game Swinney believes that the Hurricanes are the best offense that this group has seen.
"Offensively this is the best quarterback that we've seen. He's smart. He's poised. He's very aware of what is going on and he's got great fundamentals for the position...He's the guy," Swinney said Tuesday. "They just want to put the ball in his hands and he's good enough to beat you. So this is a big, big challenge for us."
"Running backs are very much involved in the passing game...they do a great job involving those guys and incorporating them into their packages. And their receivers, this is the best group of receivers as a group that we've seen. Collectively, their going to put three or four guys on the field that can play for anybody. They can run and then they've got a trigger guy back there that can get them the ball. So this is a very, very talented group that will present the biggest challenge for us."
In order for the Tigers to be successful Saturday afternoon they will have to take care of the ball against the best in the nation in taking the ball away.
Entering this week's game the Hurricanes have a +13 turnover margin which stands alone as the best in the nation. To go along with the Hurricanes propensity for creating turnovers has been their ability to also not turn the ball over as they currently have just two turnovers, second fewest in college football.
"They're taking care of the football. They are number one in the nation in turnover margin. Number one. They've got 11 interceptions and Kaaya has only thrown one. So they are doing a great job of taking care of the football...So that will be a big factor in this game."
With the noon kickoff and the historic lack of fan support for the Hurricanes creating what could be a lackluster atmosphere for the Tigers, Swinney says that he is not concerned with that "stuff" because for both teams too much is on the line to worry about the fans in the stands.
"that ain't got nothing to do for us. Whether there's 100,000 people or 1,000 we play to a standard. We don't play to a crowd. That's the bottom line."
"They are 16-3 in their last 19 games so their a tough team to beat at home. So for us, we've got to go play a great game. We're going to have to play much better than the last time we went on the road which is our expectation. ACC play, both teams controlling their destiny so there's a lot at stake in this one."