Clemson's Dabo Swinney
On Boston College: I'm very impressed with them. They're playing with a lot of confidence, got a lot of energy, offensively a bunch of guys back, defensively a bunch of guys back. They're running the ball as good as anybody out there. Their running back leads the country in rushing. Their quarterback is a very efficient player, big, strong, physical guys up front, one of the best wide outs in the league.
"Defensively they're different from what they've done philosophy wise the last several years, but bringing a lot of pressure, and again, playing very physical up front. They've got 16 sacks already, and some of the best special teams in the league, so this is a very good football team - a tough, hard nosed team, and we're going to have to play very well. But I look forward to getting back in the Valley and hope our fans will show up and do a great job for us as they always do."
On his home ACC record and the impact of the Death Valley crowd on Clemson's games: "We just have such a passionate fan base. I mean, it's a great venue. Obviously everybody, most everybody out there, has a better home record than they do an away record - it's just the nature of the deal there. But our fans, the environment they create, it's very, very loud, and then we've got good players that have really bought into taking a lot of pride in playing here at home.
"Not that you don't take pride in going on the road; you certainly do that. But if you're going to be a consistent program, you have to be consistent at home. You've got to win at home, and our guys have done a great job of that over the last few years.
"I think the biggest thing is just the energy that you gain from it when you do make a big play or something like that. It can definitely affect a team that's maybe not quite as used to that type of environment or that type of noise, especially if they're a huddle type team, those type of things. And then it always comes down to the experience of that team; is it a young team, veteran team, because going on the road is tough. It's tough. It's a tough thing no matter where you go."
On Clemson's run defense: "That's an area that we need to improve. Defensively we're just way better than we were this time last year. The name of the game is scoring points, and we're 16th in the country in scoring defense. If we can continue to be effective like that and we're one of the top scoring offenses, we can stay effective like that offensively and defensively, and we're going to have a very good season. We're leading the country in sacks. We're one of the top five teams in three and outs. But in particular our rush defense, we've given up a few big plays on things that are very correctable that we've got to improve from."
On BC's defense: "They've got seven starters back. Really, really impressed with their defensive line. Their No. 91, he's one of the top sack guys in the league right now, one of the top tackles for loss guys, No. 96, both of those men really good players. Two of their linebackers are two of the top tacklers in the league. We've seen them the last few years. They've got a couple guys back in the secondary that started against us.
"But the biggest thing is they've kind of philosophy wise changed a little bit. They kind of give you some different looks in the secondary, a little unusual. They're bringing a lot more pressure than they have in the past. So we've got to do a great job of really being prepared, not quite to the extent of pressure that Syracuse was, but a lot more pressure than what typical BC has been. I'm really impressed with how they're coordinated and coached and how hard they're playing."
Boston College's Steve Addazio
On Andre Williams' effectiveness running the ball: "Let's start with the fact that he's got a really good offensive line and a group of tight ends that are really blocking well. That's number one, and that is the starting point. André is a big, strong physical guy. He's a 235 pound back who has really good speed. He's powerful.
"You put a big, strong powerful back with breakaway speed and you put him behind a good offensive line, and that is a combination for the run game. I think those are the characteristics that he has, and that combination is growing and improving. You look at a big guy sometimes, and he's a fast big guy. He's powerful, but when he gets in open field, he can pull away. He's got legit speed."
On the benefit of having played Florida State in preparing for Clemson: "For sure it helps you because you've played against an explosive team with great talent. Of course, that was at home and this is in one of the toughest stadiums in the country to play in. But there is no doubt that it can help you get accustomed to the speed of the game. So I'm glad we have played that game. We also played USC, which we didn't play as well on the road, but that is a very skilled team with great team speed as well.
"So we've got two of those styles of games under our belt. I think that is something that's important. I think the fact that we played well on defense early and well on offense early and got out in that game gave us a chance to develop our run game. That is something that we need to do again. We're a team that needs to kind of get the run game going, and let the run game and defense complement each other."
On the importance of winning the turnover margin: "You've got to win the turnover battle. We've got a real focus on ball security every day around here. We know that we've got to handle all the things that take no talent, we've got to handle them because those are things you can control. So be good at what you can be good at. We can be good at those things, so we've worked at it.
"Knock on wood, you never want to say too much because you're always just a player or a game away from something happening. But we've put a heavy focus on ball security and on defense. We've put a heavy emphasis on trying to strip the ball. So those are things that we've made an effort to do well, because we feel like they're things that we can control to a degree. So that emphasis has worked to this point very, very well."