Hit the Links: The week of coverage leading up to App State-Clemson

Tailgaters enjoy the pre-game atmosphere. The Clemson Tigers played host to the Wofford Terriers at Memorial Stadium in Clemson Saturday, September 5, 2015.GWINN DAVIS / FOR POST AND COURIER

CLEMSON – The season started a week later than usually because the calendar, and Labor Day, flipped forward. Then the Tigers went and played two non-conference, non-Power 5 name brands, to open the year. Involuntarily, those two are followed five days away by Louisville, and 21 days from Notre Dame.

So Wofford and Appalachian State might feel a little like your basket of rolls and appetizer came out waaaaay too late, and you only get, like, two and a half minutes to gobble down that spinach artichoke dip before the shrimp fettucine comes out.

(Listen, Caraviello gets to invoke fashion every week, I’m going with food today. Deal with it.)

Speaking of food, before you light ‘em up at the tailgate, here are some game week links to munch on:

Mitch Hyatt | Clemson’s gentle giant dominant on the field, benevolent off it

Game advance | With Louisville looming, Swinney says “our full attention is on App State”

Inside the Game | Appalachian State at No. 12 Clemson

Pigskin Picks | Hoke, Watson and Spurrier’s Week 2 caveat

Pregame Pep Talk | Football as a healthy distraction, plus picks and X-Factors

Behind Enemy Lines | 5 Questions with an Appalachian State beat writer

Wednesday notes | Clemson short on Appalachian State game tape

Podcast, Part III | ‘The Most Exciting’ recaps Clemson’s win over Wofford

Greg Huegel | Take 2? Walk-on awaits chance to kick for 3

National rankings | Clemson remains No. 12 in both polls, joined by record number of SEC teams

Tuesday notes | Brent Venables not satisfied yet with his defense

Sapakoff column | Ideal incline schedule climb for the Tigers

Rookie week | Freshman orientation in full force for Clemson rookies

Monday notes | Deshaun Watson faces close friend Appalachian State LB in tragic week

The Hangover, Part II | Scouting Appalachian State

-AB