The seven schools coming to Clemson in 2007 had a combined record of 60-31 this past season, an average of 8.6 wins per team.
The 10-win schools include Virginia Tech (10-3), Central Michigan
(10-4), Wake Forest (11-3) and Boston College (10-3).
"This will be a very challenging schedule," said Clemson Head
Coach Tommy Bowden. "There will be great excitement over the summer
with Florida State as the opener.
"We have eight teams on the schedule who played in bowl games last
year and our conference schedule is very difficult. Outside of
ourselves, there were five ACC teams last year who had five or more
conference wins and we play all five, including Georgia Tech and
Virginia Tech in division cross over games. It is certainly a great
home schedule with four 10-win teams coming to Clemson in 2007.
"I do like the balance in the schedule in that we have six
games, including four conference games, before the open date, then
play six more games, four of which are in the conference. And, we
won't have a quick turnaround for a road game this year like we did
Central Michigan and Wake Forest were champions of the MAC and ACC,
respectively, and will both play at Clemson this year.
Louisiana-Monroe and Furman, a Division I-AA playoff team in 2006,
also will come to Clemson in 2007. It will be Clemson's first
meeting against Louisiana-Monroe and Central Michigan.
Clemson will open the season with three consecutive home
games for the first time since 2003 and for just the eighth time
since 1923. Clemson has advanced to a bowl game each season it has
opened the year with three consecutive home games since it began
going to bowl games in 1939.
The Tigers open the season against perennial ACC power
Florida State on Labor Day evening in a game that will be televised
by ESPN at 8:00 PM. It will be the only college football game in
that time slot. It will be just the second regular season Monday
night game in Clemson history, the first since the Tigers played at
Georgia to open the 1982 season.
This will mark just the 12th time in history that Clemson has
opened a season against an ACC team, the first time since 2004 when
Clemson started the schedule with an overtime victory against Wake
Forest. Clemson is 8-2-1 in season openers against ACC competition
with the only two losses coming against Maryland at home in 1977, and
at North Carolina in 1996.
Clemson will then play host to Louisiana-Monroe just five
days later. Furman will be the third home game within the first 15
days of September. It will be the Paladins first trip to Clemson
The Tigers will be on the road for the last two Saturdays in
September, traveling to NC State on September 22 and to Georgia Tech
on September 29. Clemson has won its last three games against NC
State, but has lost its last two games against new Wolfpack Coach Tom
O'Brien, who had been at Boston College prior to coming to NC State.
Clemson and Georgia Tech have had a strong rivalry in recent years,
splitting the last eight games, but the Tigers won last year, 31-7.
Virginia Tech will make its first appearance at Clemson since
1998 when the Hokies come to Death Valley on October 6. Virginia
Tech has won each of the last four meetings between the two schools
and the Tigers have not beaten Frank Beamer's team since 1989.
Clemson has an open date on October 13, giving the Tigers a
schedule with six games prior to the open date and six games after.
Central Michigan, who replaced Temple on this year's
schedule, will be at Clemson on October 20, Clemson will make its
first road trip in a month when the Tigers play at Maryland on
October 27. The two teams have played three consecutive games
decided by a score in the last three minutes. The Tigers travel to
Duke for their final ACC road game on November 3.
Clemson will play host to Wake Forest and Boston College in
its final two ACC games on November 10 and November 17, respectively.
Clemson defeated the eventual ACC Champion Demon Deacons last year,
27-17. It will be Wake Forest's first trip to Clemson since 2004 as
the Tigers played in Winston-Salem each of the last two seasons.
Boston College has defeated Clemson in overtime each of the last two
Clemson concludes the 2007 schedule at South Carolina on
November 24, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Clemson has won eight
of the last 10 meetings in the rivalry, but South Carolina was
victorious at Clemson last year, 31-28.
Clemson will play one game on a Monday and 11 games on
Saturdays this year. It is the first time Clemson has not had a
Thursday night game since 2001. Clemson will not face ACC teams
Miami (FL), North Carolina and Virginia this season.
Sept. 3 Florida State
Sept. 8 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 15 Furman
Sept. 22 at NC State
Sept. 29 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 6 Virginia Tech
Oct. 13 Open Date
Oct. 20 Central Michigan
Oct. 27 at Maryland
Nov. 3 at Duke
Nov. 10 Wake Forest
Nov. 17 Boston College
Nov. 24 at South Carolina
2007 Schedule Announced
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