Tigers turn attention to 2016 with tough road schedule

clemfoot-daboFor the fourth time in in the last five years defending National Playoff Finalist Clemson will open and close its season against teams from the Southeastern Conference according to the schedule released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday.

The Tigers open their 12-game slate at Auburn on September 3, and close it with a home game against South Carolina on November 26. In between Clemson will play 10 contests, eight against teams from the ACC. The Tigers were 8-0 in the league last season, then won the ACC title for the second time in five years with a league championship win over North Carolina.

In 2016, Clemson has ACC road ACC games against Georgia Tech, Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest and home league games with Louisville, N.C. State, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

“This schedule follows our formula from a non-conference standpoint with our traditional rivalry game against South Carolina, plus another game from a Power Five Conference,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney.  “This year that team is Auburn and they will come to Clemson in 2017.   Then we pick up Texas A &M for two years before we play Notre Dame again in 2020.”

Clemson opens the season at Auburn, the first time the Tigers have been to the Plains since the third week of the 2010 season when the Tigers took Cam Newton and the Tigers to overtime before dropping  a 27-24 contest.   Clemson has beaten Auburn twice since that meeting six years ago.

Clemson Football Schedule 2016

September
3  at Auburn,  10 Troy, 17 South Carolina State, 22 at Georgia Tech.
October
1 Louisville, 7 at Boston College, 15 NC State, 29 at Florida State
November
5 Syracuse, 12 Pittsburgh, 19 at Wake Forest, 26 South Carolina

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