Clemson coach Dabo Swinney challenged his players after practice on Wednesday to maintain their focus and discipline an unusual holiday week run-up to the South Carolina game.
"We talked in practice about the importance of staying focused," said Swinney. "It's easy to get distracted when they've got a little down time and there's no school. I thought we had a great day today. But tomorrow'it's going to be different. For some of these guys this will be the first time they've ever been away from home for Thanksgiving."
Swinney said Thursday's schedule will include meetings, practice, "and a big Thanksgiving meal as a team and family."
He challenged the Tigers to "come back with an edge" on Friday.
"You just don't want to lose the edge you've had in your preparation and practice just because you don't have school and have a little down time," Swinney said. "Make the right decisions and focus on the right things.
"I really like their demeanor, and we're looking forward to another great day tomorrow."
Swinney said that after the South Carolina game, the Tigers will have next week completely off. The following week they'll resume lifting, running and skill drills on their own, while the coaches are on the road recruiting.
He expects bowl practice to begin on Saturday, Dec. 8.