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Clemson heads into bye with momentum and skeptics

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Quarterback Tajh Boyd has been around Clemson long enough to know that he isn't only going to hear praise and optimism even with the No. 16 Tigers at 5-1 going into an off week.

Boyd figures some people will be asking if Clemson can be ready for its next game, even after bouncing back from a loss to Florida State with two wins.

The skepticism isn't far fetched. Clemson has had a habit of falling apart after success. The Tigers have gone through a stretch of losing three out of 4 games in all but two seasons since 2000.

But coach Dabo Swinney says this year's team is different. And the Tigers have a lot to play for in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Florida State losing Saturday night.

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