All speculation and hope by the fans can finally come to an end because the Miami Hurricanes, one of the top programs in the country the last 20-plus years, will make their first-ever trip to the Upstate next season. There had been some doubt as to whether or not the Hurricanes would come to Clemson because the two schools aren't in the same newly formed divisions.
"They're going to come back next year," Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips said from his office Tuesday afternoon. "We're going to finish out this round."
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are five other home games that fans will no doubt scour to get tickets for.
Besides Miami, the other Atlantic Coast Conference home games are against Florida State, Duke and Boston College, which replaces Virginia on the schedule.
The dates for the ACC games won't be announced until spring.
The 2005 season kicks off with the season opener on Sept. 3, as Texas A&M comes to Clemson to complete the home-and-home series between the two schools. The other non-conference home game is against Temple on Oct. 15.
As far as road games are concerned, the Tigers will play at Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and N.C. State. The season ends with a Nov. 19, game in Columbia against South Carolina.
With the new teams in the conference, the ACC has developed a format used by the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers will play the five opponents from within the Atlantic Division (Boston College, Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Maryland) every year. They will also play Georgia Tech every year because it was deemed as the rival school for the Tigers.
Each year, Clemson will play three of those six games at home.
The other two teams on the schedule will be rotated in every two years, with one game being at home and the other on the road. This year, the two rotating teams are Duke and Miami, though each will be played in Death Valley.
But starting in 2006, the slate will be wiped clean and the schedule will be set up so that never happens again.
"Once it kicks in, you should be going through all schools once every three years," Phillips said.
Here's how the 2005 season breaks down:
2005 Football Schedule Revealed
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