Clemson Win Can Go a Long Way Toward Bowden-Era Exorcism

Doc Saturday says Clemson comes into the game tonight with loads of motivation, including taking a huge step towards erasing the negative vibes of the late Bowden era:

Redshirt freshman Kyle Parker wasn't all that impressive in his first start against Middle Tennessee, but it's hard to argue that (like Harper) he doesn't have all the necessary pieces around him; if the kid can engineer a road win tonight, that will be a big step toward erasing the years of negativity that built up under Bowden.

Completely true: Clemson won four of their last five under Swinney at the end of 2008, and played Nebraska deep into the fourth quarter in the Gator Bowl in a 26-21 defeat. As flawed as the team might be--young quarterback and all--the team has demonstrably committed to their new coach with the best evidence you can hope for in the form of pure, undiluted effort.

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