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
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.
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.