COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This year, the Tigers turned away all challengers to make program history.
"It's been a fun season and challenge each and every week. We tried to make every week the biggest week of the year. We've been at our best when we needed to be," Clemson's Head Coach Dabo Swinney said.
Clemson's 13 wins are the most ever in a single season by a Tigers squad, besting the 12-0 mark set by the 1981 National Title team.
One of the most memorable victories came on a stormy night in Death Valley against Notre Dame. Following the two point win, Coach Dabo Swinney delivered an unforgettable line.
"And tonight it was BYOG... bring your own guts."
That "Dab of Wisdom" just one of many from Dabo this season.
"Dabz of wisdom can I tell my wife that?" Swinney joked.
The Tigers fed off his inspirational motto's to achieve perfection and claim the school's first ACC championship since 2011, with a 45-37 victory over North Carolina in the conference title game.
"I love the guts and I love the heart of this team. We talk all the time about you've got to be a champion on the inside before you can be a champion on the outside, and tonight the inside of these guys really shined through," Swinney said.
"The whole team just has a genuine love and appreciation overall. Been saying it for the whole year. When we needed it the most, they really stepped up," Clemson Offensive Lineman Eric Mac Lain said.
Dabo's leadership earned him five National Coach of the year awards from different organizations around the country.
His star quarterback received similar recognition from the conference and the nation. Sophomore Deshaun Watson was named ACC Player of the Year, claimed the Davy O'Brien Award as the top QB in college football, and finished 3rd in the Heisman Trophy race.
"Not just the best player in this conference he's the best player in the country. If you sit down and watch all 13 games I don't know how you can argue with that," Coach Swinney expressed about his quarterback.
"It's a big role. Major task, but this is what I've prepared for. This is what I came to this university for to represent Clemson well. Play the position of Quarterback, and I think I've been doing it pretty good," Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson explained.
Clemson's enjoyed this wonderful journey that's guided them into this year's College Football Playoff.
"All the things we've gotten done this year are in the rear view mirror. It's about what's next," Swinney said.
What's ahead? A showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Eve. A victory to ring in 2016, and the Tigers will play for the chance to make college football history.