This uppercut delivered by Clemson's Isaish Battle to North Carolina State's Jarvis Byrd resulted in the offensive tackle being ejected from Thursday night's game. If he were playing professionally, Battle likely would be fined and suspended.
Big things are expected of Clemson, which is coming off an 11-2 season that included a 25-24 victory over Louisiana State in the Peach Bowl. Quarterback Tajh Boyd, who passed for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2012, is back. Boyd also ran for 514 yards and 10 scores. The negative is that he had 13 passes intercepted.
His favorite receiver, the dangerous Sammy Watkins, also returns. Watkins had 57 receptions and three touchdowns in 2012.
There are three huge games on the schedule, starting with a Week 1 matchup against Georgia at Memorial Stadium. On Oct. 19, the Tigers play host to Florida State. They close the regular season on Nov. 30 with a game at South Carolina.
Clemson cleared one of its biggest hurdles on Saturday night with a 26-19 victory over Auburn in Atlanta. The Tigers have a couple of creampuffs in the next two weeks, then travel to Tallahassee for a matchup against Florida State.
A promotional flier for a "Naughty or Nice" Christmas party at a Fort Myers bar/restaurant has caught the attention of NCAA investigators after four current college players were listed as hosts of the Dec. 23 event.
Brothers Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Jaylen Watkins (Florida), Brodrick Jenkins (West Virginia) and Spencer Boyd (South Florida) had their names on the flier, which was posted Monday on the Twitter account of Marcus Price, a former Fort Myers High basketball player who is known as DJ LowKey. Price, who will perform at the event, said the flier was being reworked to remove the names of the players.
"We don't want them to get in any trouble," he said.
Thirty years ago, Clemson won a national title. Now the Tigers are trying to rebound from a 6-7 season, which included a 27-24 overtime loss to eventual BCS champion Auburn. Dabo Swinney is entering his third full season as coach, but with the program appearing to be in decline, the Tigers will have to turn it around to keep Swinney employed.