What's wrong with Clemson's Tigers?
Dabo Swinney believes it's nothing that a higher level of execution and performance won't cure.
At the same time, he said there was no silver lining to be found in the film review of the Tigers' 51-14 thrashing at the hands of Florida State Saturday night.
"The film wasn't any better," said Swinney during his Sunday evening teleconference. "Florida State is a good football team, and definitely not one that you want to help. We gave up 24 points off turnovers and scored none, we had 12 possessions, got into Florida State territory nine times, and scored twice.
"Florida State just outplayed us and out-coached us in every regard. Now we've just got to flush it and move on to Maryland. We had a great opportunity that we didn't take advantage of. We never did anything to get our crowd behind us as we'd have liked. But we can't let one game make or break our season."
Swinney said quarterback Tajh Boyd, who had a career low in total offense against an ACC opponent, "didn't have one of his better games."
"But I wouldn't trade him for anybody," Swinney said. "He's done great things for this program. He didn't have a great performance last night, but he'll get back to work and he'll play better."
Swinney said that Boyd, who sprained his ankle during the game and wore a walking boot to post-game interviews, "looked OK" Sunday morning, as did defensive tackle DeShawn Watson, who also suffered an ankle injury.
Swinney said the Tigers will be thin at cornerback this week against Maryland, especially in the first half, as Bashaud Breeland serves a half-game suspension after being ejected for a high hit against Jameis Winston.
The Tigers are already down one cornerback, with Garry Peters expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks with an injury.
Walk-on Jerrodd Williams and redshirt freshman Cordrea Tankersley will work as backup corners this week, behind Darius Robinson and Martin Jenkins.
Swinney said that while Breeland's hit on Winston "wasn't flagrant," it was properly called.
"It wasn't with the crowd of his helmet, it was his facemask," Swinney said. "But according to the rule, the quarterback is a defenseless guy who can't be hit above the shoulders."
Swinney said that while the poor performance and one-sided loss on Saturday "sets us back, because you want to win them all," he still believes the Tigers "have a heck of a football team."
"We took it on the chin - we flat-out didn't play well," he said. "Guys are hurting. We have to move on and focus on having the best season we can have. The reality is that we didn't do the things that we normally do to win games.
"They played better than we did. But instead of focusing on what could have been, we've got to focus on what still could be...We're a 6-1 football team still in the top 10 in late October, in the middle of a good season.
"Will it be a great season? It depends on how we respond."