The Tigers are doing all they can.
But they'll need an assist the next two weeks from either Virginia Tech or Maryland to make it back to the ACC Championship Game.
Clemson has pulled even with idle Florida State at the top of the Atlantic Division standings, at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC, but if things remain deadlocked, it will be the Seminoles who travel to Charlotte via tiebreaker.
Are either the Hokies or the Terps up to the task?
Things don't look especially promising for the Tigers.
Virginia Tech was bumped out of contention for the Coastal Division race last Thursday by Miami, and now stands 4-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC - its long string of consecutive bowl appearances in jeopardy.
Maryland, which visits Death Valley this week, plays host to Florida State the following weekend, and is down to its fifth-string quarterback, a converted freshman linebacker. The Terps - also 4-5 and 2-3 - were no match for Georgia Tech in a 33-13 loss on Saturday.
N.C. State (5-4, 2-3) slipped out of Atlantic Division contention on Saturday after being hammered by previously winless Virginia, 33-6.
Wake Forest moved to 5-4 and 3-4 after beating Boston College 28-14. The Eagles are last in the division at 2-7 and 1-5.
By virtue of its win Thursday over Virginia Tech, Miami (5-4, 4-2) moved to the top of the Coastal Division standings. The Hurricanes have a one-game lead over Duke (6-4, 3-3) and Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3). Virginia is last at 3-6, 1-4, and North Carolina (6-3, 3-2) is ineligible.
This week's games include Maryland at Clemson, Wake Forest at N.C. State, Miami at Virginia, and Notre Dame at Boston College.