Clemson has had little time to celebrate its 42-36 victory over Louisville last Saturday night, a result that gave the Tigers a major leg up in their bid for a second straight ACC Coastal Division title and berth in the conference championship game.
The third-ranked Tigers (5-0, 2-0) were back at work the next day to begin preparing for a rare weeknight game against Boston College. The Tigers and Eagles (3-2, 0-2) clash at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
"It's a quick turnaround," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "But we have good momentum. We have that windshield mentality and will continue to have that daily focus and trying to play to a standard that we talk about.
"This is the biggest game of the year for us, and we know we're going to have to play well. We were very lucky to win up there two years ago."
This is actually the second time during the young season that the Tigers have had to contend with a quick turnaround. They had only five days between games after beating South Carolina State in their third game before going to Atlanta for a Thursday night encounter with Georgia Tech.
They won that game 26-7 but added only a field goal in the second half after going to locker room at halftime up 23-0. They had only 95 yards of total offense in the last two quarters after amassing 347 in the first half. Compare that with the 568 yards of total offense they had in their pivotal win over Louisville.
Boston College lost to that same Georgia Tech team 17-14 in its season opener and later lost 49-0 to Virginia Tech to see its conference losing streak extended to 10 games. The Eagles haven't beaten an ACC opponent since the 2014 season finale when they beat Syracuse 28-7.
But Swinney isn't taking anything for granted.
"They are 3-2 and they're coming off a big win," he said, referring to BC's 35-3 rout of Buffalo. "And they'll be excited to play on national TV up there Friday night."