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Center Tyler Horn said playing in those environments will help the Hurricanes in their first trip to Memorial Stadium since 2005. The success against Pittsburgh won’t matter as much if Miami can’t successfully open ACC play at Clemson.

“We know it’s conference season,” Horn said. “These games are games we have to win if we want to get to where we want to go.”

A season ago, Clemson used its bye week to overcome a 2-3 start and begin a six-game win streak to take the ACC Atlantic Division. Swinney says there wasn’t as much soul searching this time following the Auburn defeat.

Still, though, Swinney sees a tight-knit team eager to show how good it can be.

“I do think we have the personnel and the chemistry on this team to really be a good football team,” he said. “What we got to do know is try and create some momentum.”