Like the 1958 Clemson team that played unbeaten top-ranked LSU down to the final snap before falling 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl, quarterback Tajh Boyd says the Tigers are relishing their role as underdog as they prepare for a seventh-ranked LSU team just a play or two removed from the national title.
"Not many people are giving us a chance in this game," said Boyd following Clemson's practice on Thursday. "This is heavy work for us."
Heavy work being performed with a lighter step, said Boyd.
"The mood is totally different from last year's bowl practice," said Boyd. "There's just so much charisma...This is exam week, but we've had some good practices already.
"We finish up exams on Friday, have practice on Saturday, and after that we can focus solely on LSU. I just feel like it's been a lot better this year than it was last year, so far."
Boyd said it's a boost to have offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chad Morris' job situation settled.
"We know it's going to be like this every year," Boyd said. "He affirmed to us all that all we need to be worrying about is the bowl game."