WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
– Clemson facing Georgia Southern for the first time in program history.
– Clemson facing an opponent for the first time for a second straight season, joining the team’s debut against Kent State in a 56-3 win last year. Prior to debuting against Kent State in 2017, Clemson most recently faced a new opponent in 2014, facing both Louisville and Georgia State for the first time and earning victories in both contests.
– Clemson attempting to open 3-0 for the fourth straight season and for the seventh time in the last eight years.
– Clemson extending its winning streak in non- conference regular season play to 18 games. Dating back to 2014, Clemson’s current 17-game winning streak in regular season non-conference games is the longest such streak in program history.
– Clemson winning its 10th consecutive game at Memorial Stadium, dating back to a 56-7 win against South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2016. It would be Clemson’s third double-digit home winning streak in Dabo Swinney’s tenure as head coach (21 from 2013-
16, 13 from 2011-12).
– Clemson extending its winning streak in Saturday games to 19. The current 18-game streak is the longest of any Power Five school in the country. It is the second-longest Saturday winning streak in school history, trailing a 21-game Saturday streak across the
– Clemson winning its 16th consecutive game in the month of September, dating back to 2014.
– Clemson recording at least three sacks in a third straight game for the first time since the Tigers recorded a combined 13 sacks across the Wake Forest (three), Syracuse (six) and Georgia Tech (four) games in 2017.
– Clemson winning the turnover margin for a third consecutive game for the first time since games 8-10 of the 2013 season against Maryland, Virginia and Georgia Tech. Clemson is 41-3 since 2011 when winning the turnover margin in that time frame.
– Clemson not turning the ball over in three consecutive games for the first time since games 5-7 of the 2010 season against North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia Tech.
– Clemson committing zero turnovers in the first three games of a season for the first time since the turn of the century.
– Clemson forcing a takeaway in an 11th consecutive contest, which would be the program’s longest streak since a 15-game stretch across the 2012-13 seasons.
– Clemson attempting to hold their opponents without a first-half touchdown for the seventh time in the last eight games.
– Dabo Swinney pushing his all-time record in non- conference play as a head coach to 39-13, including a 32-8 record against non-conference opponents in regular season play.
– Swinney improving to 9-6 as a head coach all-time in games against schools from the state of Georgia. He enters the game with a 6-5 mark against Georgia Tech, a 1-1 record against Georgia and a 1-0 mark against Georgia State.
– Three Clemson players entering the game within 150 rushing yards of 1,000 career rushing yards (Kelly Bryant, 941; Tavien Feaster, 913; Travis Etienne, 873).
– Bryant (4,155) accounting for 460 yards of total offense to pass Homer Jordan (4,614) and move into the Top 10 in Clemson history in career total offense. Last week, Bryant became only the 12th player in school history to reach 4,000 yards of total offense.
– Bryant rushing for a touchdown in a third consecutive game for the first time since opening the
2017 season with at least one rushing touchdown in four straight games.
– Bryant (298) completing two passes to become only the 10th player in school history to complete 300 career passes (Tajh Boyd, Charlie Whitehurst, Deshaun Watson, Cullen Harper, Woodrow Dantzler, Nealon Greene, Kyle Parker, Rodney Williams and Tommy Kendrick).
– Bryant (298) completing six passes to pass Tommy Kendrick (303 from 1969-71) for ninth-most career completions in Clemson history.
– Bryant (16) chasing Nos. 14 Brandon Streeter and
Cole Stoudt (17), No. 13 Harvey White (18) and No. 12
Will Proctor (19) on the school’s all-time leaderboard for career touchdown passes.
– Bryant (191.3 last week) posting a passing efficiency rating of 175.0 or better in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
– Running back Travis Etienne attempting to push a streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to three for the fourth time in his career. Etienne has scored a rushing touchdown in 12 of his 15 career games.
– Defensive end Clelin Ferrell entering the week with
18.5 career sacks, third-most among active players in the FBS and the most among non-seniors.
– Wide receiver Tee Higgins recording 100 receiving yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He would be the first Clemson player with consecutive 100-yard receiving games since Mike Williams against Syracuse and Pitt in 2016.
– Kicker Greg Huegel (285) scoring four points to pass Obed Ariri (288) for seventh-most career points in school history. Huegel can also pass James Davis (294) with 10 points on Saturday.
– Huegel (285) scoring 15 points to become the sixth player in school history to reach 300 career points, joining Chandler Catanzaro, Aaron Hunt, C.J. Spiller, Nelson Welch and Travis Zachery.
– Huegel (45) kicking three field goals to pass David Treadwell (47) for seventh-most made field goals in a career in school history.
– Huegel (45) kicking five field goals to join Nelson Welch, Chandler Catanzaro, Obed Ariri, Chris Gardocki, Aaron Hunt and Jad Dean as the only players to connect on at least 50 career field goals with Clemson.
– Tackle Mitch Hyatt (2,994) playing six snaps to become only the fifth player in school to play 3,000 career snaps from scrimmage (Dalton Freeman, Landon Walker, Kyle Young and Glenn Rountree).
– Hyatt making his 45th career start to pull within four starts of Landon Walker’s school record for career starts by an offensive tackle (49). Walker also shares the mark for most starts by an offensive lineman with center Dalton Freeman.
– Hyatt tying OG Jeb Flesch (45 from 1988-91) for the 10th-most career starts at any position in Clemson history.
– Hunter Renfrow (30) catching a pass to extend his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 31.
– Christian Wilkins making his 33rd career start. The
Clemson record for career starts by a defensive tackle is 40, set by Jim Stuckey from 1976-79. (Note: Wilkins has also started at defensive end in his career but is currently listed at tackle).