Clemson Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Ball State

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Clemson Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Ball State
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Tajh Boyd leads his team against an easier opponent in Ball State this weekend.

The Clemson Tigers knocked off the Auburn Tigers 26-19 last week in one of the more exciting contests of college football's opening weekend.

This weekend’s contest for Clemson is against Ball State (1-0) and shouldn’t be as exciting. It’s still an intriguing matchup for the Tigers, who will need to continue to do things well in order to beat the Cardinals.

The win over Auburn was a big step for the Clemson program, but this early in the season it doesn’t mean much.

"Great, we carried the banner tonight. We got a huge win. But we've got a whole season to play,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

"One of the great things about playing a game like this early in the season is I think you get a very good idea of not only where you are at this moment, but where you need to go," said Auburn coach Gene Chizik.

Clemson is hoping to stay on the right track against Ball State. BSU knocked off Eastern Michigan 37-26 in its season opener. The Tigers are favored by more than three touchdowns in this contest, but they still have to perform well.

Here are the keys to the game for No. 12 Clemson in their home opener.

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