CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney thinks the 10th-ranked Tigers have grown since their late-season collapse of last fall and have the experience to avoid a similar slide this season.
"Consistency is something this program has lacked," Swinney said. "That's the next thing we've got to do."
The quest starts Saturday night when the Tigers visit a Duke team that hasn't defeated a ranked opponent in nearly 20 years.
Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) appeared ready to break through a year ago when it stood 8-0 and ranked No. 6 in the country. The Tigers were in the thick of BCS title talk because of a record-setting offense that looked unstoppable.
Then things fell apart.
Clemson lost three of its final four games in the regular season. While the team rebounded to win the ACC crown, Clemson was demolished in prime time in an embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
Clemson's already handled several obstacles it hasn't in the past since its lone loss, a 49-37 defeat...