CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Few things cause more anxiety in football than third down. Convert, and your offense gains momentum. Fail, and it's a stressful wait until you get the ball again.
So far, the top teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including its four undefeateds in No.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has made huge gains under Dave Clawson, including tying a program record for wins and claiming an Atlantic Coast Conference division title last season.
The 21st-ranked Demon Deacons now have another shot at something they haven't done: beating No.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 4:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. The preseason favorite Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) are starting a two-week stretch that could allow them to take complete control of the league's Atlantic Division race.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee returned to campus Monday but will head back to Maryland with coach Dabo Swinney and up to 40 players and staffers for the funeral of his sister, Ella.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee will miss Saturday night's game against Louisiana Tech, staying with his family following the death of his younger sister, Ella, this week.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The sister of Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee has died of cancer.
Bresee announced Thursday on social media that his 15-year-old sister, Ella Bresee was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei looks more and more like the leader who can continue Clemson's championship legacy, than the one who struggled his first season as a starter a year ago.
Uiagalelei threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Tigers took a big, first-half lead to beat FCS opponent Furman 35-12 on Saturday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 5 Clemson has plenty of history on its side against Furman, including a perfect record against FCS teams, a home win streak that's nearly six years old, and a run of success over the Paladins that's lasted 84 years.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a reworked contract that will pay him $115 million over 10 seasons through 2031.
Swinney's enhanced contract follows megadeals given to Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Kirby Smart and Ohio State's Ryan Day earlier this season.
Fourth-ranked Clemson is determined to follow a year of change with a return to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tigers saw their six-year run as champions snapped last year, then the Tigers lost coordinators on both sides of the ball to head-coaching jobs.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has taught a lot of lessons the past seven seasons. Along the way, some guidance got lost amidst all that winning.
“There are certain things you can't teach on the mountaintop,” Swinney said Friday as the Tigers opened fall camp.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Clemson is favored to return to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.
The Tigers were the preseason pick to win the league for the seventh time in eight seasons, according to voting results released Tuesday following last week’s ACC media days.
Ohio State is hiking Ryan Day's annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the nation's highest-paid college football coaches.
Day’s raise makes him the latest coach to crack $9 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid coaches along with Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and putting his contract in line with recent deals given to Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and LSU’s Brian Kelly.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The brother of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban's willingness to adapt and often be a catalyst for change in college football, both on the field and off, has propelled Alabama to six national championships in 13 seasons.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney won't let all the questions about changes on the Tigers ruin his excitement to get back on the field.
“This team has a great vibe to it already,” Swinney said as Clemson continued spring drills Friday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Injured Clemson starting offensive lineman Hunter Rayburn is moving to the Tigers coaching staff.
Rayburn will become a student coach on Dabo Swinney's staff this upcming season because of neck problems, school spokesman Ross Taylor said Thursday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson offensive lineman Thomas Austin has joined the Tigers as an assistant coach.
Austin will coach the offensive line, replacing Robbie Caldwell, who has moved to an off-the-field position.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Onetime Clemson quarterback Hunter Johnson is returning to the Tigers, becoming coach Dabo Swinney's first player taken from the NCAA transfer portal.
Johnson had been with Northwestern the past four seasons.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson defensive end Nick Eason was hired as the Tigers defensive tackles coach.
Eason received a three-year contract at $750,000 a year. The deal was approved Friday by a panel of the school's Board of Trustees.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney became the sixth-fastest coach in college football history to reach 150 victories. He gave the credit to his players following the No. 19 Tigers’ 20-13 victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night in the Cheez-It Bowl.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — D.J. Uiagalelei threw for 187 yards, Mario Goodrich scored on an 18-yard interception return and No. 19 Clemson beat Iowa State 20-13 on Wednesday night in the Cheez-It Bowl for coach Dabo Swinney’s 150th victory.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney kept getting calls and texts from friends and colleagues asking how he was doing the past two weeks.
Swinney and his championship football program underwent a shakeup unlike anything he had faced in 13-plus seasons as Tigers coach.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said his phone blew up with calls and text messages from interested, high-profile candidates for the Tigers' open coordinator jobs.
Swinney wasn't swayed by the onslaught, sticking to his plan and promoting assistants to replace Brent Venables on defense and Tony Elliott on offense.
Miami completed a busy week of transition Thursday, announcing the hiring of Dan Radakovich as athletic director.
Radakovich comes from Clemson, where he spent the last nine years overseeing the Tigers' rise to football superpower under coach Dabo Swinney.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson finished an unusual season in a very familiar way with a dominating win over rival South Carolina.
Will Shipley ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and Clemson's defense smothered the Gamecocks for its seventh-straight win in the Palmetto State rivalry 30-0 on Saturday night.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said leading receiver Justyn Ross will have surgery to fix the stress fracture in his foot then get ready for the NFL draft.
Ross will miss Saturday's game against Wake Forest and the season-ending rivalry contest at South Carolina on Nov.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson will be without leading receiver Justyn Ross for this week's game with No. 13 Wake Forest with a foot injury
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said on Tuesday that Ross will need surgery on his foot.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is wary, yet realistic.
He understands that any FBS team, including the Tigers' opponent this week UConn (1-8), is capable of pulling off a surprise upset.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees normally friendly faces avoiding his gaze around town. He also is getting plenty of “praying for you” texts and random letters in his mailbox, some from people he has never met.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson leading rusher Kobe Pace will miss the game with Florida State this week as he's in COVID-19 protocol.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced Pace's status Tuesday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney didn't anticipate a midseason quarterback competition to determine who'll start at one of the team's most stable positions the past decade.
The Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will spend this week evaluating starter D.J.
You’re never going to convince guys like ex-Washington State coach Nick Rolovich to get the shot. It’s a waste of breath.
The best scientists and all the evidence in the world couldn’t. Losing a $3 million-a-year job didn’t.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei passed for 181 yards and one touchdown, Kobe Pace rushed for 76 yards and another score, and Clemson held off Syracuse 17-14 on Friday night.
Clemson (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a bye week, played its first game as a team not ranked by the AP since Nov.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson is struggling to score points, is no longer a contender for the national title and has fallen out of the Top 25.
It marks an end to the Tigers’ domination of opponents, being part of the national picture and in the rankings for almost seven years.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson defensive end K.J. Henry wasn't too worried as Boston College moved downfield in the final minute.
“The defense, we're some fighters,” Henry said. “We're excited about attacking every chance we get.”
Clemson has already lost twice and currently ranks between North Texas and Akron in the nation in offensive yards per play.
What's wrong with the Tigers?
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, David Hale of ESPN joins AP's Ralph Russo to dissect the problems with Clemson.
No. 25 Clemson is desperately looking for answers after its disappointing start to the season. Rising Boston College won't be an easy solution to the Tigers' problems.
The Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have lost twice in September for the first time since 2014.
A month into the season, 12 teams that were ranked in the preseason are unranked, including two preseason top 10s, and a total of 38 teams have spent at least one week in The Associated Press college football poll.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has lost starting defensive tackle Bryan Bresee for the rest of the season after the sophomore tore an ACL in the overtime loss at North Carolina State on Saturday.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney updated Bresee's status on Sunday.
Ninth-ranked Clemson hasn't looked much like the high-scoring juggernaut of recent years. That either has the six-time reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champions as vulnerable as they’ve been in a long time or set to break loose for a big output.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson starting defensive tackle Tyler Davis will miss up to two months with a torn bicep tendon, and reserve tailback Lyn-J Dixon plans to transfer, coach Dabo Swinney said Monday.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 9 Clemson can't find the end zone, something that had come so easily for the Tigers the past few seasons.
Clemson (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was among top five in points scored from 2018-20, averaging almost 44 points a game.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees a championship group on defense. His offense? That's another matter.
Swinney said the Tigers' attack is closer to its strong past than it has looked this season, including in a 14-8 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday night.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney understands what cost his sixth-ranked Tigers in their season opener — and he understands what it'll take to get it fixed.
The rebound starts Saturday when the Tigers (0-1) open their home season against South Carolina State (0-1), an instate, FCS program.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson starting safety Landen Zanders will need shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Zanders hurt himself in the 10-3 loss to No.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said starting wideout E.J. Williams sustained a thumb injury in the loss to Georgia and will miss four or five weeks.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clemson sophomore quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei finally has the national spotlight to himself. The Georgia Bulldogs would love nothing more than to steal it from him and set themselves up for a run at a national championship.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Bobby Bowden a “model” that other college coaches should follow.
“He was such a great example of not losing sight of the main thing: a man of faith, a great husband, a great father,” Swinney said in a statement posted on Clemson's football Twitter account.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban will make $11.5 million in the final year under a new eight-year contract that's worth at least $84.8 million.
The university released details Monday of Saban's previously announced deal, after the board of trustees' compensation committee formally approved it.