The Tigers took a injury blow earlier this week when Martavis Bryant suffered a groin injury that will keep him sidelined for the Boston College and Georgia Tech games.
Bryant is a player with instant big-play potential, and with Clemson's defense struggling, the Tigers need all the firepower they can get right now.
But in terms of game-planning and preparation, Bryant's loss will have less impact.
Bryant, who was considered to be an elite player when he was recruited, first out of tiny Calhoun Falls, S.C. and then at T.L. Hanna High in Anderson, has not yet proven himself to be a reliable, consistent, mainstay player on the college field.
He has two catches this season, both for touchdowns.
It's hard to figure.
He's Aaron Kelly-big, Sammy Watkins-fast, and has made enough tough, in-traffic catches to make you think he's a special player waiting to happen.
And it well may happen yet. Some players bloom later than others.
But when the Tigers lined up for their biggest game of the season last Saturday, the coaches chose to have Bryant on the field for a grand total of 10 plays.
And that was while Sammy Watkins and Nuk Hopkins were getting battered, physically, by FSU's press-man, and could surely have used a play or two on the sidelines to collect their thoughts.
Charone Peake got 14 snaps, and Adam Humphries 16.
One of the reasons I pick through the participation chart each week for our 'Who Got The Snaps' feature is that there's nothing I've found that reveals more about what the coaches are really thinking in terms of their personnel and depth.
Who do they trust, in big game situations, to be on the field?
When Bryant plays 10 snaps, it tells us something. When Vic Beasley gets only seven plays and Corico Wright plays two snaps from scrimmage, that says more than anything that comes out of Monday and Tuesday's well-managed coach and player interviews.
The raw numbers, of course, deserve follow-up questions. There are lots of factors - from opposing schemes, to in-game injuries, to particular match-up problems - that may dictate more or less playing time for particular players in the course of a game.
But week-in and week-out, the participation chart is a good place to start in figuring out what the real depth chart looks like.