The way Dabo Swinney looks at it, some teams' 3-0 starts mean more than others.
As for his own, Swinney is satisfied his Tigers have spent the first quarter of their season productively.
"The thing that I do like about our team is we're 3 0, and there's several other 3 0 teams out there, but we have two really hard fought battles under our belt with Georgia and then going on the road in that environment against an undefeated team in N.C. State," Swinney said during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday.
"I think that's great experience for our team to have to handle adversity and challenges early in the season like that. I think that will eventually pay off for us."
In the meantime, the Tigers have some cleaning-up to do on both sides of the ball as they prepare for Wake Forest.
"We've got a lot of things we've got to work on, but the biggest thing for us right now is just being a little more efficient offensively in some areas," Swinney said. "We're kind of shooting ourselves in the foot with a critical error or somebody not being on the same page from a protection standpoint - some missed plays that we've got to make in order to have the kind of season that we want to have.
"We've left a little bit out there in all three games. But, again, the good news is we've found a way to win games."
On defense, Swinney said he wants to see better tackling.
"I think we've improved in a lot of areas, but we've got to continue to improve our tackling, especially containing and leveraging the football, not letting people get outside us," he said.
Swinney says if the Tigers will make incremental improvement in those areas, and continue to protect the football, they'll be a tough task for any team.
"We've got to have that to continue so that we can have the type of season we want to have," he said. "If we can continue to win the turnover margin, we're going to be a hard team to beat."