Tigers face tough tests in 2014 but not from Chants

clemfoot-dabopracticeClemson released its 2014 football schedule on Wednesday, and Coastal Carolina was not on it.

The Chanticleers were under contract to visit Death Valley on Sept. 6, but they opted to give the guaranteed pay day to South Carolina State. The Bulldogs will be the Tigers’ sandwich opponent between big games against Georgia and Florida State.

The agreement to play Clemson was made before the arrival of Coastal coach Joe Moglia, who opposes games against FBS competition. His Chants lost to South Carolina 70-10 the week before they entered the FCS Playoffs and made a run to the quarterfinals. Coastal’s 2014 schedule has not yet be released.

Clemson 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.

Photo by CU Athletics

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