Just 10 days removed from their opening game against Georgia, Clemson's Tigers stopped for a breather on Monday before moving on to self-improvement and a 'normal' week of preparation for their ACC opener next Thursday against N.C. State.
Dabo Swinney says the Tigers will be back on the practice field on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for shorter-than-usual sessions, and then will take Friday off.
Saturday will then be like a normal Monday practice for the Tigers, who next play on Thursday, Sept. 19, in a nationally-televised ESPN game at Raleigh.
Rest v. rhythm a concern for State
"Next Tuesday will be like a normal Thursday practice, and then we'll travel up there on Wednesday," Swinney said. "I like our plan, and I think we'll have good balance."
Swinney said the coaching staff is being careful not to overwork the players during the off week.
"We have to be careful," he said. "We're coming off a very tough camp and a very tough opener with Georgia. I thought it took our guys a little longer than I would have liked to recover last week.
"That's one of the good things about Saturday (against S.C. State). We took care of our business early and were able to play a lot of guys, while a bunch of guys were able to rest."
Swinney said the Tigers will mix "good-on-good work on Clemson" with preparation for N.C. State.
"We need to keep our edge, so we'll have to do some good-on-good and offense vs. defense to keep sharp, competitively," he said. "But there's a fine line, and we also need to take advantage of the extra time we'll need to prepare for what N.C. State does. I think the schedule has worked out well."
Swinney said the Wolfpack, which, like Clemson, has Saturday off in preparation for the Thursday night game, will present challenges.
"It's a huge, huge game because it's on the road, it's in the conference and it's in the division," Swinney said. "It's a tough place to play. They've done very well in that environment, as we know very well. I'm glad we've got a little extra time to get ready for them.
"We're really just now getting into studying them, and we've only got two games of them, so that's not a great body of work. They do some things similar to us (offensively). But looking back at where (coach Dave Doeren) came from, they did a great job - they spread you out, they play with tempo, and they really do a good job of tying the passing game in with the running game. And they do a good job with their motions and formations.
"We've got a lot to study in the next couple of days."