For Clemson's Tigers, this is crunch week in preparation for LSU and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Dabo Swinney took timeout on Monday for a joint press conference with LSU coach Les Miles in Atlanta, but today and Wednesday the Tigers will be back at work, implementing their game plan for the bowl game.
"We're full speed ahead," Swinney said on Monday. "It's been a little bit of a juggling act, between recruiting and finals and practice. But Saturday was a great day for us - sort of a set-the-tempo type of thing. The guys responded very well."
Swinney said it will take "a great week of preparation to give ourselves a chance" against LSU.
"We'll do a lot of good-on-good work, and we'll continue to work on player development with our young guys, making sure we take advantage of the extra time that the bowl allows," he said. "We want to create some momentum with the guys who've been on scout team all fall."
Swinney said he and his coaches have focused on common opponents in preparing a game plan for LSU. Miles' team defeated Auburn and South Carolina, both by two points, while Clemson opened with a win over Auburn and closed with a loss to the Gamecocks.
"You look at those games, do your cut-ups and break the film down," Swinney said. "There may be certain personnel groupings they really like. So we'll study that, just like we do with all the games, and we start to see an identity in the things they like to do.
"Great teams have identities - that's why they're a great team, they're good at what they do."
Against a team like LSU, Swinney said there are no magic tricks or shortcuts.
"They're not going to try to trick anybody," he said. "You have to block 'em and execute. To win games like this - just like against Florida State and South Carolina - there are always three or four plays that you just have to make.
"Unless something drastic or unusual happens and a game gets out of hand, it's three or four plays. To get over the hump, we have to make those plays."