Overall the Tigers will face nine teams that had winning records and eight squads that played in bowl games during the 2013 season. Five of those programs, Louisville, South Carolina, Florida State, Syracuse and North Carolina, won bowl games. The slate also includes three teams that won at least 11 games and finished in the top 15 of both polls, Florida State, Louisville and South Carolina.
"This schedule allows us to compete to reach the College Football
Playoff," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "It is a challenging
schedule. Just look at the beginning. We play at Georgia and at
Florida State within the first three games.
"On paper, based on last year's results, it looks to be more difficult than last
year. Louisville was a 12-1 team ranked in the final top 15 and North Carolina
finished strong winning six of its last seven games." Louisville and North Carolina
replace Maryland and Virginia on the ACC portion of Clemson's schedule.
"Playing Georgia and South Carolina from the SEC certainly makes it
difficult from a non-conference standpoint."
Clemson finished the 2013 season with an 11-2 record and a number-seven
final ranking by USA Today.
Clemson will have two weeks to prepare for Florida State as the Tigers
have an open date on September 13 prior to the September 20 game.
Clemson is 10-0 the last two years under Swinney with at least eight
days to prepare for the next opponent.
For the fifth consecutive year Clemson will play two non-conference
games against SEC teams, the third straight year Clemson will open and
close the regular season with teams from that league. The Tigers travel
to Athens, GA to face Georgia on August 30 for the season opener, then
will finish the regular season November 29 with a home game against
South Carolina. It will be just the second time since 1958 Clemson has
played on that date. The only other time was in 2008 when the Tigers
defeated the Gamecocks, 31-14.
Clemson will play two non-conference opponents to open the season and
will close the season with two non-conference foes. This will be the
fifth consecutive year Clemson plays all eight of its ACC games
The slate includes 11 Saturday games and one Thursday night game, at
Wake Forest on November 6. Clemson has won five consecutive games
played on days other than Saturday, including bowl wins over top 10
teams to conclude each of the last two seasons. The Tigers have won
three consecutive Thursday night games, including two years ago at Wake
Clemson opens the 2014 season at Georgia on August 30, tied for the
earliest start to a season in Clemson history. Clemson defeated a
fifth-ranked Georgia team at Clemson last year in one of the top college
games of the year, 38-35. Clemson has lost three in a row in Athens and
has not won in Sanford Stadium since David Treadwell's 46-yard field
goal on the last play of the game gave Danny Ford's team a 31-28 victory
Clemson opens its home schedule against South Carolina State on
September 6. It will be the second consecutive year the Bulldogs have
played at Clemson. Last year South Carolina State finished with a 9-4
record and reached the FCS playoffs.
Two weeks later Clemson will be play defending national champion Florida
State. It will be the earliest meeting on the calendar between the two
schools in Tallahassee since 2006 when the Tigers last won there, a
27-20 victory on a last minute touchdown by James Davis.
The winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the
ACC Atlantic Division each of the last five years.
North Carolina comes to Clemson on September 27th for the first of three
straight ACC games in Memorial Stadium, the first time that has happened
since 1991. Each of the last two appearances for North Carolina in
Death Valley, the Tigers have celebrated a reunion for its 1981 National
Championship team and the Clemson team has responded by scoring 110
total points. No reunion is scheduled this year. Clemson has won four of
the last five against the Tar Heels, including three in a row at Death
Clemson will welcome another school from the Tar Heel state, the NC
State Wolfpack, the following Saturday. This will be the first time
Clemson has played North Carolina and NC State at home in consecutive
games. Clemson has won nine of the last 10 in the series, with the
Wolfpack including five in a row at home since Philip Rivers and company
defeated the Tigers at Memorial Stadium in 2002.
Louisville's first trip to Clemson concludes the home stand on October
11. Marshall (1999) and Miami (FL) (2005) are the only programs to win
their first game in Clemson Memorial Stadium since 1977.
Clemson returns to the road for the first time in 28 days when the
Tigers play at Boston College on October 18. The Tigers have a 5-4 lead
in the series since the Eagles joined the conference for the 2005
season. This year's game will be the 10th time the two schools play for
the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy.
For the second consecutive home game, a first-time visitor to Death
Valley is on the schedule as the Syracuse Orange come to Clemson. It
will be Clemson's last home ACC game of the year. Clemson won its first
game in the Carrier Dome this past season.
Clemson's next game is on a Thursday night at Wake Forest, the third
time since 2008 that Clemson has played in Winston-Salem on a Thursday
night. The Tigers will face a Demon Deacons team led by first-year
coach Dave Clawson, the only first-year coach Clemson will face this
On November 15 Clemson wraps up its ACC slate at Georgia Tech. The
Tigers have beaten the Yellow Jackets each of the last two years, but
have not won at Tech since 2003.
Clemson concludes the regular season with home games against first time
opponent Georgia State and state rival South Carolina. It is just the
second time since 2006 that Clemson has finished the regular season with
consecutive home games.
Aug. 30 - at Georgia
Sept. 6 - SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Sept. 13 - OPEN
Sept. 20 - at Florida State
Sept. 27 - NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 4 - NC STATE
Oct. 11 - LOUISVILLE
Oct. 18 - at Boston College
Oct. 25 - SYRACUSE
Nov. 1 - OPEN
Nov. 6 - at Wake Forest (Thursday, ESPN)
Nov. 15 - at Georgia Tech
Nov. 22 - GEORGIA STATE
Nov. 29 - SOUTH CAROLINA
2014 Clemson football schedule
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