Jan. 24, 2007
Clemson, SC – Four schools who won at least 10 games in 2006 will play at Clemson Memorial Stadium during the 2007 season. The Tigers 12-game slate that includes eight 2006 bowl teams was released on Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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 last season.” 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 since 2003.
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 years.
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.
2007 Clemson Football ScheduleDate – Opponent 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
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