Dabo Swinney and his Tigers know who's coming.
Boston College's offensive game plan is just about as straightforward as it comes: hand the ball to the nation's rushing leader, Andre Williams, and keep handing it off until the opposition caves.
Despite the fact that he has one of the ACC's better receivers at his disposal, Chase Rettig, the Eagles' fourth-year starting quarterback, put the ball in the air just 13 times in his team's victory over Army last week.
Williams took care of the rest, as he rushed for a career-high 263 yards on 30 carries and tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns. It was his second 200-yard game this season.
"If this is what you do for a living, BC gets your attention in a hurry," said Swinney during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "This is a team that's going to challenge us. They have a big, strong offensive line, and they like to run the power and the counter, and then do it again and again and again.
"Their running back is their heart and soul. He leads the nation in rushing, and he's as tough a guy as we've played or will play. We'll have to tackle him all game long. The biggest thing for us will be handling their formations and shifts, be gap-sound and put ourselves in position to stop the run."
The Tigers have given up more than their share of big plays in the running game this season, but Swinney said at this point "that's not a major concern."
"The issues we've had are very correctable," Swinney said. "There are always going to be mistakes, and other teams have good players, too. One of our best players played a great game on Saturday, but he made a couple of mistakes. The question is can we learn from our mistakes, correct them and get better?"
Defensively, Swinney said the Eagles "are very different this year than they've been in the past."
"They've got seven starters back on defensive, and they already have 16 sacks, which is among the best in the ACC," Swinney said. "Up front, No. 91 (defensive end Kasim Edebali) is as good as anybody we'll play, and he was hurt and didn't play against us last year.
"BC always has great linebackers, and this year is no different. They're bringing a lot more pressure than they have in the past, and they're giving you some very unorthodox looks in the secondary.
"They're just a very solid football team. We'll have to match up physically with them, and we'll have to play very well. They're confident and I like the energy in their program. If we're not fully focused on this team, we'll get beat."
Swinney says he's not given a thought to the following week's showdown against Florida State, and he's confident that his players haven't, either.
"I think our guys understand that if you get beat this week, FSU won't be the big story next Monday - it will be how bad we played against Boston College," Swinney said.
Swinney said the Tigers' fast starts against Wake Forest and Syracuse the past two weeks have allowed the coaches to invest valuable playing time in some of its younger players.
"The fast starts have allowed us to stay within our game plan, create momentum and then get some of the younger guys into the game," he said. "It's been great to see us take it from the practice field to the game field.
"We were able to take Tajh (Boyd) out and get Cole (Stoudt) and Chad (Kelly) in there. I'm not into stats and records. How many records can you break? Other guys deserve to play, and Tajh won't be back next year.
"I loved the way we started the game, and I loved the way we finished it."