Who: The Citadel (5-6) at No. 7 Clemson (9-1)
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson
Radio: 1450-AM, 950-AM, 1340-AM
Sagarin says: Clemson by 43
All-time series: Clemson leads 30-5-1
What to know about Clemson: They good.
History lesson: Clemson has won 15 straight against The Citadel, the latest a 45-17 victory in 2008. The Bulldogs’ last win was in 1931, by a score of 6-0. That game was played in Florence (S.C., not Italy). In fact, this game has been played in Clemson, Charleston, Orangeburg, Columbia, Anderson and Florence (but not Round O or Pumpkintown). The last Citadel coach to beat Clemson was the late, great Johnny Floyd, who had a 9-9-3 mark as the Bulldogs’ head man from 1930-31. The Golden Era for The Citadel in this series was 1924-28, when the Bulldogs won three of five meetings.
I PAY TEN A YEAR: It was after Clemson’s 6-0 loss to The Citadel in 1931 that the Tigers’ fund-raising organization IPTAY was formed. Coach Jess Neely said he needed $10,000 for a “West Zone” project, a new academic learning center, a players’ lounge with video games, meeting rooms for offense, defense and special teams, 64 55-inch TV screens for the lobby, a barber shop, a coaches’ “war room” and a ventilation system for each locker.
Distinguished alums: We’ll spare you all the athletes.
- Major Rudolf Anderson Jr., Class of 1948, was the only person killed by enemy fire during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in a U-2 spy plane during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His air surveillance of the island nation of Cuba in early October 1962 proved essential to the detection of Soviet surface-to-surface, medium-range ballistic missiles. (from Wikipedia).
- S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
- Kristie A. Kenney, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines.
– Former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond
Citadel coaches are worried: If Clemson fans can find the correct shade of purple to wear for this “Purple Out” game.
Just kidding: Clemson has the world’s largest wind turbine, built in Charleston. It’s not nicknamed “Dabo.”
Emotional edge: It’s Senior Day at Clemson, the final home game for QB Tajh Boyd and his fellow seniors. Citadel coach Kevin Higgins tweeted this week, “Our trainer for over 40 years just told me, “we have some young ones getting nervous.”
Prediction: On Military Appreciation Day, against The Citadel, Clemson will find a way for walk-on receiver Daniel Rodriguez to score a touchdown. Rodriguez is a veteran who earned a Purple Heart in Afghanistan.
Video evidence: Remember that time Dabo picked up the sideline reporter?