Preview: 4th-ranked Clemson Tigers host SC State

  • No. 4 Clemson University vs. SC State University
  • Kickoff at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. EST
  • The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3

Swinney guarding against letdown for No. 4 Clemson

Dabo Swinney won't let No. 4 Clemson let down against FCS opponent South Carolina State, not with how far the Tigers have come in the past two seasons.

After the Tigers' 38-35 victory over No. 11 Georgia last week, the college football world is watching to see if Clemson will do what it's done several times the past decade - stumble on the road to possibly bigger things.

That's not likely to happen Saturday when the Tigers (1-0) take on the Bulldogs (0-1) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Clemson is 26-0 all-time against teams of the old Division I-AA, including a 54-0 victory over South Carolina State in the teams' only other meeting in 2008.

Still, Swinney has become irritated by the questions that crop up after each big win.

Clemson says SC State, Florida State sold out

Clemson says its home football games against South Carolina State and Florida State are sold out.

The No. 4 Tigers play the Bulldogs on Saturday in Death Valley. The contest against the 10th-ranked Seminoles is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Last weekend's game against No. 11 Georgia was played before a sellout crowd of 83,830.

The game with South Carolina Stat. is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. The start time for the contest with Florida State has not yet been decided.

McDowell makes his mark for 4th-ranked Clemson

Rod McDowell showed he was ready to step into the backfield for No. 4 Clemson. Now, he's out to prove he can do it all season long.

McDowell, nicknamed "Hot Rod" since high school, ran for 132 yards in his first career start to help the Tigers beat No. 11 Georgia 38-35 last Saturday night. He had spent four seasons waiting on the Clemson sidelines behind NFL backs C.J. Spiller, Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington and excelled against the Bulldogs with 132 yards.

McDowell and the Tigers (1-0) take on FCS opponent South Carolina State (0-1) on Saturday.

McDowell talked to Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris about transferring two years ago, yet decided to stick it out when Morris and his family convinced the fifth-year senior his time was coming.

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