With his team off this weekend, Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani had plenty of time on his hands Saturday night.
So, he was asked on his conference call Sunday, did you take a peek at Clemson-Florida State?
“Took more than a peek,” Spaziani said.
The Tigers were ranked No. 10 coming into their prime-time matchup with No. 4 Florida State on Saturday night. After a 49-37 Seminoles win, the AP voters dropped the Tigers down seven spots to No. 17.
Now the Eagles will get to work in earnest for next weekend’s matchup with Dabo Swinney’s bunch.
“We’re into game week again,” Spaziani said, “we had a good off week. Got some guys healthy.”
One of those guys is the team’s leading receiver in 2011, Bobby Swigert, who missed the first three weeks of the 2012 season rehabbing a knee injury.
“Bobby has been cleared to practice,” the coach said. “He practiced the other day. Now where he’s at, and the rust, et cetera, et cetera, he’s still got that to deal with, but he’s been cleared to practice.”
Spaziani was asked how the Eagles will deal with the Tigers’ speed, both in pace of game and physical speed.
The fourth-year head coach said BC practiced for the same kind of tempo before their last game, a 22-13 loss to Northwestern, so that shouldn’t be a big issue.
“I don’t think the pace of that game bothered us,” he said. “Now as far as [the Tigers’] physical speed it’s just a matter of emphasizing certain things we need to do and making the adjustment as fast as possible once you get on the field.”
The Eagles have a big challenge on their hands, especially considering the Tigers will want to bounce back immediately from the nationally televised loss this week. The hosts will have to be at the very top of their game to come out on top because there is practically no margin for error against a team the caliber of Clemson.
“We’re a 1-2 football team and we’re close, we’re close,” Spaziani said. “But close doesn’t count.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.