Seventeen points against Virginia Tech; 13 against Wake Forest.
Those, in Dabo Swinney's eyes, are winning defensive numbers.
"Seventeen or less, two weeks in a row," Swinney said. "If you can do that, you'll win a lot of games."
Especially when complementing an offense that's regularly throwing 40-something up on the scoreboard.
Swinney says there's nothing magical or unexpected about the Tigers' gradual defensive improvement.
"They're figuring it out," he said Thursday night after the Tigers rolled past Wake Forest 42-13. "They're learning how to play from their own experience. All those young guys up front are starting to become players, and now you see (senior) Malliciah (Goodman) coming on, too.
"They've had eight games and an open date. They've watched themselves on film. You can only bring them so far. They have to go play, make mistakes, and correct their mistakes."
Swinney said the Tigers' front seven are starting to win more individual match-ups, while playing better in concert, as well.
"They're getting things right, playing off each other and just executing things better," said Swinney. "They're playing with low pads and getting leverage, and playing with a lot of confidence.
"Confidence is a huge part of it, and that comes from understanding what they're doing and playing a little faster."