Clemson's offensive line continues to improve, with the Tigers executing at a higher level and expanding the range of situations in which they are effective.
The Syracuse game was a case in point.
"I was very pleased with our offensive line, especially early," said Dabo Swinney on Sunday. "People have no idea how big a challenge that was...with (Syracuse's) style of play. We did a really good job with our game-plan stuff."
The game plan was "hat up" on the Orange's pressure and then attack downfield with the passing game. It worked to near-perfection, as Clemson jumped to a 21-0 lead and went on to a 49-14 victory.
Swinney says he likes the ongoing competition between Shaq Anthony and Giff Timothy at right tackle.
"I thought Shaq held up well and competed hard," Swinney said. "He had some mistakes, but he played fine. Then Giff went in there and had one little protection thing on a twist between him and (Tyler) Shatley, but that was really more Shatley than Giff. It was good to see him get back out there and play with some confidence, as well.
"We had some moments, but overall, judging them on the whole game, I was pleased. Brandon Thomas continues to play well, and Kalon (Davis) is playing really good football for us."
Swinney said that Anthony will retain the starting right tackle spot for the Boston College game.
"We just have to continue to let those guys at right tackle compete," he said. "Shaq came out a little bit ahead, as far as grading him on that game - he did nothing to lose the job at this point, and Giff did nothing to take the job.
"I just think that competition is really good for us. Giff has been a really good player, and he's getting back healthy now, and Shaq is getting good experience and is taking advantage of it."