Clemson knows Bama game in Dome will be huge

Greensboro, Ga.-A look behind the scenes here at the ACC preseason football meetings at Reynolds Plantation:

1. Alabama has Clemson’s attention: As was the case last season, when Clemson opened at home with Florida State, the Aug. 30 opener with Alabama at the Georgia Dome has the ACC favorites very focused on getting ready for the season.
“We were focused in spring practice. We were focused during summer workouts and we’ll be focused when we get to camp,” senior quarterback Cullen Harper said. “We’re opening with an SEC team on national television. This is a big stage and a whole lot of people are going to be watching. To get where we want to go, we have to get this season off to a good start. This is our chance to do that.”
Clemson will be favored. The Tigers have more players. But it is still Alabama. Alabama wants to win. Clemson HAS to win. Should be interesting.

ajc.com
7/21/08