A schedule championships (at least ACC championships) are made of

NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – The ACC released its 2013 football schedules on Monday and for Clemson it’s the kind of slate championships are made of …. that is Florida State-style championships of the 1990s and early 2000s where the road map was beat one or two quality opponents and then feast on cupcakes.

Take a look, this is exactly the kind of schedule Clemson should hope for:

Aug. 31 GEORGIA
Sept. 7 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Sept. 14 OPEN
Sept. 19 #at NC State
Sept. 28 WAKE FOREST
Oct. 5 at Syracuse
Oct. 12 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 19 FLORIDA STATE
Oct. 26 at Maryland
Nov. 2 at Virginia
Nov. 9 OPEN
Nov. 14 #GEORGIA TECH
Nov. 23 CITADEL
Nov. 30 at South Carolina
#=Thursday night ESPN games
Caps=home games

Peter Warrick and Bobby Bowden were not playing SEC-like schedules in the late 1990s/early 2000s and they won a national title

Clemson couldn’t ask for a much better schedule in hopes of having a great year, IMO. This is the kind of schedule that should give the Tigers a third straight double-digit win season. Road games at Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia and NC State are all very winnable and Clemson has been very tough at home under Dabo Swinney.

The Tigers will get three resume-building games against Georgia, Florida State and (at) South Carolina. UGA and FSU are at home, all three are likely to be top 15 teams. The rest of Clemson’s schedule is filled with teams it should be heavily favored over.

This is nearly an ideal arrangement when also considering Clemson should be a top 10 preseason team.

Outside of losing out in the Nkemdiche and Montravius Adams sweepstakes, it’s been an ideal offseason for Clemson.

Tajh Boyd is back, so is Chad Morris, and Clemson plays a bunch of teams it should beat in addition to some 50-50 games vs. Georgia, FSU and South Carolina.

This is the kind of schedule championships are made of.

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As for the Thursday night games, much has been made about Clemson’s position against Thursday night games, a position that apparently ends this fall as Clemson will host Georgia Tech in a Thursday night game on Nov. 14

Thursday night games are great for the national television exposure, but they are great – atmosphere, parking, for students – for little else. We’ll see how it works out this November, but I’d rather see games played on Saturday and not be a hostage to television.

4 thoughts on “A schedule championships (at least ACC championships) are made of

  1. The schedule does look good. The only quirks are Clemson plays at Syracuse after Cause has an open date, and plays FSU after FSU has an open date.

    Hope 10 days to focus on GT helps… but Clemson best be ready to start the season, win at home for FSU and win on road in Columbia at end of schedule in order to have magical season. Those three or four games are the challenge ones people will look to.

    I wonder where the other two challenging games will come from. @MD? @NC St? vs wake?

    • I’m not at all worried about the Syracuse game. They went 8-5 (5-2) in the Big East last year with their best QB and coach in a long time. This year, they’re playing an ACC schedule (comedy hour in Tiger Tracks! It is tougher than the Big East though) without both QB and head coach.

      FSU’s also replacing practically all of their skill guys too. Coupled with the fact it is in Clemson, FSU should be the underdog in that game.

      Georgia and South Carolina are the only scary games. My way-too-early prediction has Clemson splitting those two games. Everything else is easily winnable.

    • Stuart,

      I think FSU having an open date is concerning for Clemson, but the Tigers still get them at home with a senior QB.

      ‘Cuse lost both its QB and head coach. It’s a very, very favorable road sked for Clemson.

      It’s a three-game season to me, win two of three against GA, FSU and SC and Clemson could have a special year

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