Kelly Bryant

Kelly Bryant (2) of Clemson with a run Saturday against Wake Forest


CLEMSON — Quarterback Kelly Bryant, who left Saturday’s game with a “rolled ankle,” received treatment Sunday and was limited in his ability to practice.

But Coach Dabo Swinney believes the Tigers’ starting quarterback will be OK to play in Friday night’s game at Syracuse.

If he is not able to play, Swinney is not going to give away any clues as to what the plan will be.

"He came into today a little sore but was actually moving around pretty good. He's day-to-day, we'll see how he progresses through the week,” Swinney said. "He'll be limited tonight (in practice), but I think he'll be able to practice as the week progresses.

“We have a plan, but we’re not going to lay it out for Syracuse to know.”

'Gift' from ACC

Is it Sunday, or Monday or Tuesday? Don’t ask Swinney because chances are he will not be able to tell you.

The reason for Swinney’s days getting mixed up is the ACC once again awarded the honor of playing on Friday night to the Tigers -- something they did last year at Boston College.

Swinney is no fan of the Friday games.

“It's the third year in a row we're 6-0. It's hard to win, man. It's hard to win,” Swinney said. "We have a quick turnaround here. We’ve got a lot to do. Today’s Monday for us, so I’m not real sure what happened to Sunday — it’s somewhere out there. We’re grinding around here.

"I'm not a fan of (playing Friday night games). I'll miss seeing my son Friday night. I hate that I cannot be there for that. I'm not a fan of it. Television dictates all that stuff. I prefer the Saturday games."


Swinney was visibly upset during his Tuesday press conference when addressing the attendance at the Tigers’ last home game against Boston College — namely the lack of students occupying The Hill.

Following Saturday’s game against Wake Forest, Swinney was asked to address the issue of student attendance and particularly The Hill.

“The Hill deal, that’s more administration,” Swinney said. “I don’t know whoever, they kind of won’t let them in there like they used to until we come down The Hill. I don’t understand all of that. The fire marshal, or whatever, it’s kind of out of my lane.”

National championship odds

The Tigers entered the season as 20/1 favorites to repeat as the champions of college football. But six weeks into the season and six victories later, the odds are growing in the Tigers’ favor.

Entering week 7, the Tigers' odds of winning a second consecutive national championship stand second only to Alabama (6/5) at 4/1.

ESPN’s Football Power Index shows the Tigers favored to win their remaining six games, with N.C. State (73 percent) and Florida State (77.2 percent) being the toughest remaining games.

Of note: For the South Carolina game, ESPN’s FPI gives the Tigers an 84.8 percent chance of extending their current winning streak in the series to four games.

Poll update

The Tigers remained unbeaten on the season, running their record to 6-0 following a 28-14 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Saturday.

Even though the performance Saturday left many fans with a bitter taste in their collective mouths, winning by only 14 points, the Tigers continued to earn respect in the polls — gaining one first-place vote in The Associated Press Poll and two first-place votes in the coaches' poll while remaining firmly entrenched in the No. 2 spot.

USA Today coaches' top 5: Alabama (57 first-place votes), Clemson (8), Penn State, Washington, Georgia.

AP top 5: Alabama (43), Clemson (18), Penn State, Georgia, Washington.

Players of the game

Offensive - LT Mitch Hyatt

Defensive- LB Tre Lamar, S Tanner Muse

Special teams - WR Cornell Powell

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat.


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