Three Tigers Taken in NFL Draft

Clemson, S.C.—Former Clemson players Dorian O’Daniel, Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud were all selected in the NFL draft over the last two days.    All three helped Clemson to a 40-4 record, three ACC Championships, three College Football Playoff appearances and the 2016 National Championship over the last three years.

With the three selections, Clemson has now had 51 players selected since Head Coach Dabo Swinney became head coach in December of 2008.   It is the 11th consecutive year Clemson has had at least three players selected in the NFL draft.

O’Daniel was the first Clemson player selected, as the graduate was the last selection of the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday evening, the 100th selection of the draft.   He was the first Clemson player taken by the Chiefs since the 2008 draft when they selected Barry Richardson, who became a starter at offensive tackle for the franchise.

Getting in under the wire on Friday night was a good sign for O’Daniel.  Sixty-nine of the 72 Clemson players selected in the top 100 of the draft have gone on to play in an NFL game.

O’Daniel led Clemson in tackles last year with 104, 72 first hits and 32 assists.  He added 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.   He also had two interception returns for touchdowns this season, the first Clemson defensive player to have two touchdowns in a season since Kourtnei Brown in 2011.

Cain and McCloud were selected in the sixth round with picks 185 and 187, respectively.   Cain went to the Indianapolis Colts and McCloud went to the Buffalo Bills.  It marked the first time since the 2009 draft that two Clemson players who played the same position were selected within two draft positions.  That year safeties Chris Clemons and Michael Hamlin were taken with consecutive picks in the fifth round.

Cain is the first Clemson player taken by the Colts since T.J. Green was chosen in 2016.    McCloud was the seventh Clemson player drafted by Buffalo since 2010 when C.J. Spiller was a first-round selection.

Cain and McCloud are the seventh and eighth receivers drafted since Dabo Swinney became head coach in October of 2008.   Their selection gives Clemson seven drafted receivers in the last five years.     Seven former Clemson receivers caught passes in the NFL last year.

Cain led Clemson’s 12-2 team with 734 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions.   He finished his career with 20 touchdown catches, tied for fourth in school history.   McCloud had 49 receptions  for 503 yard and added 303 punt return yards on just 25 attempts a 12.1 average.   He was a second team All-American as a punt returner.

Former Clemson Great Bennie Cunningham Passes

Clemson, S.C.—Bennie Cunningham, arguably the great tight end in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference, passed away Monday morning at the age of 63 (Dec. 23, 1954)  at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.   Cunningham had been fighting cancer and was in the Cleveland Clinic since early January.

Cunningham played at Clemson from 1972-75 and was a two-time first-team All-American.  He was the first African American football player to make an All-American team in school history.   He was also the first African American to win the Frank Howard Award, a Clemson athletic department honor presented to an athlete each year for “bringing honor to Clemson.”

The native of Seneca, SC,  was a consensus All-American choice as a junior in 1974 when he was named first-team by Associated Press, UPI, the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News.  He was named first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation and Sporting News in 1975.

A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, Cunningham was the only tight end named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary team in 2003.

During his Clemson career, Cunningham caught 64 passes for 1044 yards and 10 touchdowns.  His seven touchdown receptions in 1974 stood as a Clemson record for a tight end until 2011 when Dwight Allen had eight.

“Bennie Cunningham was one of our greatest players, arguably the greatest tight end in our history and ACC history,”  said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “He set the standard  for players at that position.  But, more importantly was the way he represented Clemson as a professional athlete and in his life after football.   With his passing, the Clemson football program remembers him and his family with highest regard today.”

Cunningham was a first-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the spring of 1976.  The 28th selection of the NFL draft that year, he remains the only tight end in Clemson history to be a first-round draft choice.

One of just seven former Tigers with at least two Super Bowl Championship rings, Cunningham was a member of the Steelers championship teams from the 1978 and 1979 seasons.   In 2007 he was named to the Steelers all-time team in conjunction with the 75-year anniversary of the franchise.

Cunningham finished his NFL career with 202 receptions for  2,879 yards and 20 touchdowns.  He played in 10 NFL playoff games with Steelers and had 19 receptions for 219 yards and two scores.  His career spanned 10 seasons (1976-85) and he played 128 games, 118 in the regular season and 10 in the playoffs.

Cunningham returned to the Clemson area after his playing days and earned an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in secondary education.  He had a long career as a guidance counselor at West Oak High School  in Westminster, SC.

4/14: Spring Game Showcases Future, Orange Bests White 28-17

Clemson, SC – It didn’t matter who threw the ball.

 

Tee Higgins was going to dominate defensive backs and win jump balls over the defensive backs assigned to cover him.

 

Moreover, it didn’t matter if it was last year’s favorite backup quarterback in rising sophomore Hunter Johnson or this year’s favorite backup quarterback in true freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. The dominance of the ‘9’ wide receiver down the field was an example of the talent Clemson recruits and the value that a big deep threat brings to the offense.

 

The score was 28-17 in favor of the Orange Team, but the only consequence of the score is that the Orange team team gets to sleep in Monday morning. As the adage about the NFL preseason goes, everything matters except the final score.

 

Clemson has four quarterbacks capable of leading the Tigers back to the playoffs, but the question is which of the four (if any) are capable of leading the Tigers back to the podium after the National Championship.

 

Kelly Bryant did not have the best spring game, completing 8 of his 15 passes for 35 yards. But Kelly Bryant has what the other quarterbacks don’t – freaky athleticism on the ground, off the charts natural leadership, and a season’s worth of tape to show that he can lead Clemson to victory. Don’t forget that Bryant rebounded from an injury-riddled Spring Game performance last year to take the job and never look back.

 

When Kelly Bryant was hurt, the fans clamored for Hunter Johnson. He showed flashes of what he can do in the season and continued building his resume today with a solid performance. His first play attempt was a 37-yard bomb to Tee Higgins and his lone touchdown throw was to Tee Higgins for 18 yards. He threw an interception to pair with his touchdown, and he finished the day 8 for 14 with 85 passing yards and a score.

 

The forgotten man last year was Chase Brice – as an early enrollee he was left out of the three-man quarterback conversations. He made his mark on the Spring game, ensuring that the competiton for backup quarterback will remain a three-man race.

 

His gunslinger mentality caused him to throw three interceptions, but it also showed his willingness to throw into tight windows: throwing a 50 (TD) and 43-yard pass, with three more passes completed passes over 20 yards – and that is not counting a couple of dropped touchdown passes. His final stat line was 12 for 19 with one score and a trio of interceptions, but throwing for 231 yards in the process.

 

Trevor Lawrence put on a show that only fueled the hype surrounding him – throwing a 50-yard score to tee Higgins on the second play of the game, and putting on the most consistent performance of the day by finishing 11 for 16 for 122 yards and a score.

 

Regardless of who starts this year, Clemson is the embarrassment of quarterback riches in college football.

 

While the spring game creates odd situations, there is value in drawing conclusions about individual players’ ability and improvement from previous years.

 

Trevion Thompson had four catches for 76 yards – including an incredible 27-yard catch on the sideline with a defensive back draped over him. Adam Choice and Travis Etienne looked impressive on their limited rushing attempts. Diondre Overton was another overlooked veteran with an excellent game – his highlight was a 50-yard touchdown catch from Chase Brice.

 

Xavier Thomas and KJ Henry recorded two “sacks” apiece (the defenses had 12 total) – although they had an advantage going against a split offensive line, they showcased their athleticism and talent as true freshmen.

 

Trayvon Mullen turned one of his two interceptions into a pick-six, while AJ Terrell and K’Von Wallace had one interception each. James Skalski (Orange) and Baylon Spector (White) were the leading tacklers for each side. Christian Wilkins also had a tackle for loss on a blitz where he lined up as a safety.

 

The plays and stats are not what matters in the spring game, it is the flashes of talent that rise to the occasion. Clemson fans saw the future of the team – and the future is bright.

4/14: Spring Game: Orange 14 White 10 – First Half Recap

Spring Game Note: The spring game is a ‘glorified practice’ that puts players in unscripted game situations. The Spring game is useful for determining individual player’s talents, but the play calling is vanilla and no secrets are given away. The offensive linemen will look weaker than normal due to that units reliance on cohesion, and mobile quarterbacks are hampered by the lack of live hitting. Major conclusions should not be drawn from the game, but it is an enjoyable event that can give fans a taste of football for the spring, and glimpses of future stars. As always, the hope is for no injuries.

 

 

The most heart warming scene of Clemson’s first half was not a star freshman, an underrated senior, or the thousands of fans. It was Greg Huegel kicking field goals on air to show that he still ‘has it’ after his gruesome ACL injury. He made most of his kicks and had enough power on all of them, removing fans fears about the special teams play for 2018.

 

If that didn’t show Clemson fans that the team will be ready come August, the talent on the field certainly did.

 

That was the message of the first half when the Orange team mounted a 14-10 lead over the White team.

 

At times it was the experience that showed: Trevion Thompson’s (White) impressive 27 yard catch down the sideline from Chase Brice, or Adam Choice’s (White) five rushes for 28 yards modeled both explosiveness and consistency expected from veterans.

 

The glitz of Clemson’s future stars was evident as rising sophomore Tee Higgins had the best performance of the first half, tallying up four catches for 118 yards and both of Orange’s touchdowns.

 

All three of the younger quarterbacks had their moment in the spotlight to show their talent, and their mistakes to show their humanity.

 

Hunter Johnson (Orange) tossed an 18-yard score to Tee Higgins to put Orange up 14-0, and then threw an interception after a turnover on his next pass to AJ Terrell.

 

Trevor Lawrence (Orange) threw his first two passes for a combined 73 yards – and his second was a fifty-yard bomb to post the first points of the game to Tee Higgins. He was consistent afterwards, but didn’t make another splash play in the first half.

 

Finally, Chase Brice (White) threw two passes of over 20 yards before throwing an interception to K’Von Wallace deep down the field in accordance with his “gunslinger” mentality. Showing why Clemson has raved about him after his redshirt year – he responded by throwing a 43-yard pass over the middle to Hunter Renfrow.

 

Neither team was able to run the ball with any effectiveness until Etienne took advantage of the momentum of Chase Brice’s throw by running for 23 yards to get inside the red zone and eight yards to cap off the drive with a touchdown to make the score 10-14 late in the second half. No major events occurred before halftime.

 

The second half is not as flashy as the first half – it often comes with a running clock and mostly backups playing near the end. That doesn’t mean its any less significant to the team, or any less enjoyable to watch. Clemson is as consistent as ever, and that’s what Clemson fans are looking for.

Tigers Hold Final Pads Practice Before Spring Game

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson held its final half scrimmage and practice in pads on Monday at the Poe Indoor Practice Facility. The Tigers worked inside for the entire two-hour session due to inclement weather.

The Tigers will hold their annual Spring Game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.

Dabo Swinney’s Tigers held a scrimmage for the second half of the practice on Monday.   The defense had one of its best days as the offense scored just one touchdown. “Today was a good practice, one of the best of the spring,” said Swinney, who has taken the Tigers to 40 wins over the last three years.

“We usually have ones vs. ones and twos vs. twos, but today we mixed it up. The number-two offense scored the only touchdown against the number-one defense. The number-two defense held the number-one offense to three and outs at the outset.

“ I hate using those terms (first-team, second-team). We are all Clemson football players. I saw a lot of good plays today.”

Swinney is looking for a large crowd on Saturday and is personally excited for the spring game. “This might be the most excited I have been for a spring game. I am excited because we have a lot of players already here because we have a young team, so it will give us a good look at our squad on Saturday.

“I really hope there is a great crowd, because the bigger the crowd the more we can simulate what the atmosphere will be like in the fall. We don’t have any exhibition games like the NFL, so this is the best we can do to prepare.”

Once again Swinney and his coaches will divide the team evenly, which should lead to a competitive game. Each team will have two quarterbacks.   Swinney and the coaches will pick the teams on Tuesday and Wednesday.

One of the highlights of Monday’s practice was the performance of freshman tight end Braden Galloway of Seneca, SC and Seneca High School. Galloway had been recovering from an injury suffered last fall, but Monday was his first full practice. Swinney expects him to play Saturday.   “He is still learning. We might have to call out to him what to do,” said Swinney with a smile.

Running back Adam Choice and safety Tanner Muse missed the practice on Monday due to injury, but Swinney hopes both will be able to play Saturday. All-American defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be held out of the spring game, as will defensive end Richard Yeargin and safetyNolan Turner who are recovering from injury.

Clemson Holds Second Spring Scrimmage

Clemson, S.C.—All four Clemson quarterbacks threw at least one touchdown pass in a 90-minute scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. It was the second scrimmage and 10th practice of the spring for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers. The team will take a week off for Easter and return to practice April 4.

The offense had the upper hand from the beginning of the workout. Kelly Bryant threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Amari Rodgers on the third play of the scrimmage. It was the first of eight plays of 20 yards or more for the Clemson offense.

Bryant threw four touchdown passes, including two in a goal line drill, while Chase Brice, Hunter Johnson and Trevor Lawrence all had one touchdown pass apiece of at least 20 yards. Travis Etienne was the top rusher with 81 yards and a touchdown. Cornell Powell was the top receiver with 81 yards, while Tee Higgins had a pair of touchdown receptions. Tavien Feaster scored three total touchdowns.

“The offense got off to a fast start,” said Swinney. “The offense made a lot of big plays, including on that first drive. But the offense could have been more consistent. It seemed like it was a big play or a sack or a short gain.

“The defense just didn’t have the right body language today. Perhaps it was a carryover from having nine days off for spring break.

“There is a lot of film to evaluate. Like any time you have a team scrimmage there is a lot of good and a lot that wasn’t so good. If I had to pick a standout today it would be the kicking of Alex Spence. He was three-for-three on field goals and continues to hit the ball well. I thought Cornell Powell stood out as well. I thought Trayvon Mullen and A.J. Terrell played well on defense.

“The quarterbacks all made some big plays, but we took too many sacks. We have to get rid of the ball in some of those situations. Overall I was please with all four quarterbacks. “

The defense did have seven sacks by seven different players (Austin Bryant, Tanner Muse, Denzel Johnson, J.D. Davis, Christian Wilkins, Tre Lamar and Clelin Ferrell). Redshirt freshman LeAnthony Williams had a 30-yard interception return, two passes broken up and three tackles.

Clemson has five spring practices remaining, including the Spring Game on April 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free.

2/28: Clemson Football Opens Spring Practice

For Immediate Release

 

 Clemson, S.C.—Dabo Swinney’s veteran Clemson football team held its first spring practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Poe Indoor Practice Facility.    The entire practice was held inside as a consistent rain fell in Clemson all day.

 

Swinney welcomed 62 lettermen to practice, 60 that played for the Tigers last year, plus Richard Yeargin and Garrett Williams who lettered in previous seasons.  That is the most returning lettermen in Clemson history by six.   The Tigers also return 17 starters including the two kickers, just one short of the most in Clemson history.  Clemson returned 18 starters in 1977, 1981 and 1988.

 

The Tigers had only six scholarship seniors last year but will have 21 this year, plus another nine senior walk-ons.

 

Swinney said that Cole Renfrow, Greg Huegel, James Edwards and Alex Dalton would be held out of practice due to injury.  Braden Galloway, a freshman tight end from Seneca, SC will miss the first part of spring practice after a foot injury suffered last year, but Swinney hopes he will get some action aft spring break.

 

Swinney also said that defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be held out of scrimmages and the spring game, but will do some drill work as he works to get his foot at 100 percent.  Richard Yeargin will have the same status as he recovers from a neck injury.  Zach Giella would also be held from contact as he recovers from an injury.

 

Swinney was ready to get his charges back on the practice field as the Tigers pursue a fourth straight ACC Championship and fourth straight College Football Playoff Invitation.

 

“A lot of years we have had a lot experience returning on one side of the ball, but not offense and defense as we do this year,”  said Swinney.  “With all the depth we have we are going to do what we can do to get as many reps for everyone as possible.  “  One of the things Swinney did on Wednesday was have the first and third teams go in one direction on the indoor practice field and the second and fourth teams went in the other direction, so twice as many plays could be run.

 

Swinney did not comment on any specific position battle or say that he was concerned about a specific position.  But he is looking forward to seeing some players step up to the next level.  “I am looking forward to seeing DeAndre Overton and Tee Higgins take the next level and seeing Amari Rodgers and Cornell Powell cut it loose (all at wide receiver).

 

“We have to take a good look at the offensive line to see where we need to fit the pieces to make sure we have the five best players on the field.”   On day one, Sean Pollard, who started nine games at right tackle in 2017, was first team at right guard.  John Simpson was first team left guard.

 

Clemson continues with spring practice work on Friday.  The annual spring game will be held April 14 at Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m.  Admission is free.

2/8: Clemson Recruiting Notes on 2018 Class

For Immediate Release

  • Clemson’s 17-member scholarship class included players from eight states.  Six of the players were ranked as the best in their respective state by either ESPN.comor Rivals.com.   Clemson signed the number-one player according to at least one service from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida,  Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.
  • Twelve of the 17 scholarship players in the class are ranked in the ESPN Top 300, including 10 in the top 150.   It is tied for the most  top 150players according to ESPN in Clemson  history and the most since 2008 when Clemson had 10 top 150 ESPN ranked players in Tommy Bowden’s final recruiting class.
  • Clemson finished fifth in the final ESPN rankings,  the highest finish under Dabo Swinney according to ESPN and the highest since a number-two ranking in 2008.    Clemson finished fourth in the Rivals.comrecruiting rankings in 2015 and fifth in 2016.
  • Clemson has now finished in the top 13 of the ESPN recruiting rankings eight consecutive years, all under Dabo Swinney, and in the top 20 all 13 years ESPN has had recruiting rankings.
  • Clemson is the first school since 2007 and just the second in the 13 years ESPN has had rankings,  to sign three of the top six ESPN prospects.   Southern Cal signed the top three in 2007.   Trevor Lawrence ranked No. 2,  Xavier Thomas #4 and K.J. Henry #6 this year.
  • Mario Goodrich is the first Clemson signee in history from the state Missouri.
  • Over the last two years Clemson has signed just 31 players, but 21 of them have been top 300 players by ESPN.com.
  • Over the last four years, 45 of the 79 signees  (.570)  have been ESPN top 300 prospects and 31 of the 45 have been ranked in the top 150.
  • In terms of top 150 signees from ESPN, Clemson had 10 this year to rank in a tie for fourth in the nation with Alabama.  Clemson now has had 54 top 150 signees since 2010, or Dabo Swinney’s first full recruiting class.
  • Clemson had four USA Today first or second team All-Americans in this class.  Xavier Thomas, Trevor Lawrence and Jackson Carman were first-team selections, while K.J. Henry was a second-team choice.  Lawrence was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year.  This ties for the most USA Today All-Americans in one class in Clemson history.   Clemson also had four who made first or second team in 2011 and 2016.
  • Eight new Tigers played in the  recent US Army All-American game and three played in the Under Armour game in Orlando, Fla.  The players in the US Army game were Josh Belk, Jackson Carman, Derion Kendrick, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Mascoll, Kyler McMichael, B.T. Potter and Xavier Thomas.  The players in the Under Armour were Mike Jones, Jr., Justyn Ross and K.J. Henry.
  • As far as players by state based on where they played football last year:  South Carolina (6), Georgia (5), Ohio (1), Alabama (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Florida (1).  It is the most signees from the state of South Carolina since 2015 when Clemson had 11.
  • This is the third straight year Clemson has had at least eight states represented in the signee class.    In 2016 and 2017,  10 states were represented.   The record for the most states represented by one signee class is 14, back in 1989.
  • This decade Clemson has signed 72 players from South Carolina, 38 from Georgia, 26 from North Carolina and 20 from Florida.
  • In his career as Clemson head coach dating to the 2009 recruiting class, Dabo Swinney has signed 207 players from 21 different states.

 

  • Final top 150 rankings for Clemson signees:  

Trevor Lawrence (1-Rivals, 1-247 Sports, 1 Prepstars, 2-ESPN);  Xavier Thomas (4-247 Sports, 4-ESPN, 5-Rivals, 5-Prepstars);  K.J. Henry (6-ESPN, 26-247 Sports, 26-Rivals, 27-Prepstars);   Justyn Ross (15-Rivals, 101-247 Sports, 57-Prepstars, 74-ESPN; Jackson Carman (6-Prepstars, 49-Rivals, 17-247 Sports, 21-ESPN);  Derion Kendrick (30-247 Sports, 30-Rivals.com, 62-ESPN, 80-Prepstars); Kyler McMichael (53-Rivals, 84-247 Sports, 74-Prepstars, 90-ESPN); Justin Mascoll (92-Prepstars, 102-ESPN, 109-247 Sports); Josh Belk (96-ESPN, 25-247 Sports); Mario Goodrich (99-Rivals,, 133-Prepstars, 148-ESPN).

1/19: Zerrick Cooper to Transfer

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson Reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper announced on Friday that he intends to transfer from the Tigers program.  The native of Jonesboro, Ga. just finished his red-shirt freshman program with the Tigers and appeared in 10 of the 14 games at quarterback behind starter Kelly Bryant.

 

“I want to thank Coach (Dabo) Swinney, the Clemson staff and the best fans in college football for an incredible two years,” said Cooper.  “The memories and relationships I have build with my teammates will be truly unforgettable.

 

“I will miss playing in purple and orange.  However, after much prayer and talking with my family, I have decided to transfer from Clemson University.  This is no reflection on the Clemson family, but rather a direct reflection of my drive to lead, play and compete.  Orange and purple will always be in my heart. “

 

Cooper completed 25 of 41 passes (.610) for 256 yards and two scores in 104 snaps or participation this year.  He also had 10 rushes for 18 yards.   He saw his most action at Syracuse where he took over for an injured Kelly Bryant in the second half and completed 10 of 14 passes for 88 yards.  He played a career high 29 snaps in that game.  Later in the year he completed 7-11 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown against The Citadel.

 

Cooper red-shirted during Clemson’s 2016 National Championship season.

ACC Announces 2018 Clemson Football Schedule  

Clemson, S.C. — Clemson plays eight bowl teams who finished with winning records in 2017 according to the 2018 football schedule released by the Atlantic Coast Conference Wednesday. The slate also includes a pair of non-conference games against SEC teams for the eighth time in the last nine years.

The schedule is unusual in that Clemson will not have consecutive home games until the last two games of the season, the first time that has happened since 1986 when the Tigers had just five home games. The schedule alternates home and away games for the first 11 games of the season, a first in school history.

Dabo Swinney’s Tigers will play all 12 of their regular season games on Saturdays for the first time since 2015 and for just the second time in the last seven years.    The open date is on October 13, squarely in the middle of the schedule.

Clemson opens the season against Furman on September 1. The Paladins are Clemson’s oldest football rival, as the schools met in Clemson’s first football game in 1896. It will be the first meeting between the institutions since 2012.

The Tigers then go on the road to face Texas A&M at Kyle Field, a venue that holds over 100,000 fans. It will be Clemson’s first trip to Texas A&M since 2004 when the Aggies defeated the Tigers, 27-6. Clemson won the last meeting 25-24 at Death Valley on a last second field goal by Jad Dean.

Clemson returns home the following Saturday for its third-straight non-conference game against Georgia Southern in the first meeting between the two schools.

The league schedule opens on September 22 at Georgia Tech, the sixth straight year Clemson has had its first league game on the road. Clemson has won at Georgia Tech just once since 2003 and the victory took place in 2016 during Clemson’s National Championship season.

Clemson faces Syracuse in its first ACC home game on September 29th.  The Orange upset the Tigers last year in New York in Clemson’s only regular season loss.

Clemson then travels to Wake Forest for the first game of October on the sixth of the month. The Tigers have won 10 straight games dating to 2011 in the state of North Carolina, including three ACC Championship games played in Charlotte.

After the open date, Clemson returns home to face NC State.  The Tigers have won consecutive games by seven points or less over the Wolfpack, the only ACC opponent to be within a touchdown of the Tigers each of the last two seasons.

Clemson and Florida State meet in Tallahassee on October 27 in a battle of the schools that have won each of the last nine Atlantic Division championships.  Clemson has won each of the last three meetings, including last season’s 31-14 victory which clinched the division title.

Three of Clemson’s four games in November will be at home and the month begins against Louisville on November 3.  The Tigers have defeated Louisville all four years the Cardinals have been in the ACC, but three of the wins have been by a touchdown or less.

Clemson’s final ACC road game will be at Boston College on November 10.  It will be Clemson’s latest trip to Boston on the calendar since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. Clemson has won seven straight over the Eagles.

Swinney’s Tigers conclude their ACC slate on November 17 with a home game against Duke, the first meeting between the two schools since 2012, and Duke’s first trip to Death Valley since 2008 when Swinney was the interim coach. Duke has not won at Clemson since 1980.

The regular season schedule concludes on November 24 when South Carolina comes to Clemson. The Tigers have won the annual state rivalry game four consecutive years. 

2018 CLEMSON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Date         Opponent

Sept. 1     FURMAN

Sept. 8     at Texas A&M

Sept. 15  GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Sept. 22  at Georgia Tech

Sept. 29  SYRACUSE

Oct. 6       at Wake Forest

Oct. 20    NC STATE

Oct. 27    at Florida State

Nov. 3     LOUISVILLE

Nov. 10   at Boston College

Nov. 17   DUKE

Nov. 24  SOUTH CAROLINA