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CLEMSON - Clemson will play in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 against Nebraska, CUTigers.com has learned.

With a new head coach and a three-game winning streak, the Clemson Tigers will have the opportunity to close down the 2008 season with a bang.

A big bang - at least compared to what most people were thinking a month ago.

CUTigers.com confirmed Tuesday afternoon Clemson is expected to face Nebraska in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.

An announcement from Gator Bowl officials could come as soon as later this afternoon.

The Tigers last played the Cornhuskers in the 1982 Orange Bowl, beating Nebraska 22-15 to clinch the 1981 National Championship.

Nebraska, who also has won three games in a row, finished 8-4 under first-year head coach Bo Pelini. Pelini, who was the defensive coordinator for LSU's 2007 National Championship team took over for Bill Callahan, who was not brought back for the 2008 season.

The Tigers and Cornhuskers had no common opponents on their 2008 schedules, but Nebraska did face Virginia Tech in Lincoln, losing 35-30.

The Gator Bowl was also heavily considering Florida State for its ACC selection. Nebraska had been the favorite from the Big 12 side for several days, according to reports out of Jacksonville.

The Tigers are tied with Florida for the most Gator Bowl appearances with eight. Clemson also and played in the game that set the Gator Bowl attendance record of 82,911 in 1989.

Clemson last played in the Gator Bowl in 2001 against Virginia Tech, losing 41-20.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1 PM and will be televised on CBS.

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