A few Clemson-related stories of note from the P.M. cycle:
• Tony Barnhart, CBS Sports' top college football analyst, says the spread offense is powering Clemson's recent good fortunes.
• How much has Clemson's offense improved since last season? It's among the top five most-improved teams in the country, according to this analysis from the Anderson Independent Mail. (Georgia Tech is No. 1 in that category.)
• There's a nice profile of red-hot Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in Virginia's Hampton Roads Daily Press (Boyd grew up in the Hampton Roads area). Here's another great profile of Boyd from the Anderson Independent Mail. Also, Saturday's game will reunite Boyd with an old friend: Hokies QB Logan Thomas.
• And here's still more on Boyd, this time focusing on how Clemson is successfully recruiting players -- like Boyd and Florida-raised receiver Sammy Watkins -- who are from our rivals' back yards.
• Virginia Tech's offense isn't lighting up the board thanks to "self-inflicted mistakes," says the Washington Post's Hokies Journal blog.
• Also, the Hokies' vaunted special teams haven't been playing up to their usual stellar standard.
• Here's the transcript of Dabo Swinney's weekly ACC teleconference. (Via Tigernet.)
• Also from Tigernet: Mickey Plyler says Saturday night's game in Blacksburg is "big boy football."
• And here are the official pregame notes from the Clemson athletic department.