2009 Clemson Football Schedule Announced


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Clemson, SC - Clemson will face five 2008 bowl teams on the road during its 2009 football schedule announced Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers will have seven home games and five on the road in Dabo Swinney's first full season as head coach.


Clemson will travel to Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), NC State and South Carolina during the 2009 season and those teams combined for 37 wins last year. Clemson is slated to play nine bowl teams overall during 2009.


Clemson's home ACC schedule includes visits from Boston College, the Atlantic Division Champion each of the last two years, division favorite Florida State, 2006 ACC Champion Wake Forest, and Coastal Division rival Virginia. Non-conference foes Middle Tennessee State, Central Michigan and Coastal Carolina are also slated to play at Clemson in 2009.




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"This will be a challenging schedule," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "The ACC was the most balanced and competitive league in the country last year top to bottom with 10 of the 12 teams going to bowl games. It will be just as competitive this year. Seven of our eight league opponents went to bowl games last year and Virginia, will be much improved with the return of the quarterback who led them to nine wins in 2007.


"You like to get the season off to a good start, but we will be challenged from the beginning with an opener against a Middle Tennessee State team that beat Maryland last year and our first ACC game is at Georgia Tech on a Thursday night so we will have a short turnaround to prepare for their option offense.


"I do like the position of our open date (October 10) in that it is close to the middle of the season, and I do like the fact that we never have back to back road games."


Clemson will open the season on September 5 against Middle Tennessee State, the latest start to the season on the calendar since 1998. Middle Tennessee State defeated Maryland last year, 24-17, and suffered a narrow 23-21 defeat to a nine-win Virginia team in 2007. Rick Stockstill, the head coach for Middle Tennessee State, served as an assistant coach at Clemson from 1989-2002 when he served under four different head coaches, the only assistant coach to serve under four different Clemson head coaches. He was replaced on the Clemson staff in 2003 by Dabo Swinney.



Clemson opens its ACC slate at Georgia Tech on Thursday night, September 10 in a game that will be televised nationally in ESPN. Georgia Tech was Dabo Swinney's first opponent last year when he took over at midseason for Tommy Bowden. Fourteen of the last 19 games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less.


Boston College will travel to Clemson on September 19 for the Tigers first ACC home game. The September 19 date is the third winningest date in Clemson history on a percentage basis (8-1) and the game will be played on the 67-year anniversary of the opening of Clemson Memorial Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Eagles in Boston last year 27-21, Clemson's first win over Boston College in 50 years. The two teams will play for the McFadden-O'Rourke Trophy for the second time and the most valuable player of the game will be presented the "Leather Helmet Award." C. J. Spiller won the honor last year when he gained 242 all-purpose running yards.


Clemson is scheduled to play a non-conference game against Central Michigan on September 26, then will travel to Maryland for an October 3 contest. Clemson has won each of its last two games at Maryland. After an open date, Wake Forest comes to Clemson on October 17. Clemson has won each of the last four meetings with the Demon Deacons at Clemson.


The Tigers will travel to Miami, FL for the first time since 2004 when it faces the Miami Hurricanes on October 24. The Tigers won the last meeting in Miami in overtime over a 10th ranked Miami team, but the Hurricanes won the last meeting at Clemson in 2005 in triple overtime, the longest game in Clemson history.


Swinney's Tigers will face Coastal Carolina at home on Halloween. It will be Clemson's first home game on Halloween since playing NC State in 1998. Coastal Carolina is coached by former Clemson graduate assistant coach David Bennett.


The Tigers have four games in November, three against ACC teams, two of which are Atlantic Division rivals. Florida State comes to Clemson on November 7. The Seminoles won last year's meeting in Tallahassee, but they have lost three straight to the Tigers in Memorial Stadium by a total of 43 points.


Clemson travels to North Carolina State on November 14. The Tigers have won four in a row in the series for the first time since the 1981-85 era. Clemson rounds out its ACC schedule on November 21 against Virginia on Senior Day at Memorial Stadium. It will be the first time Virginia has been the "Senior Day" opponent since 1993 when the Tigers upset a top 20 Virginia team 23-14.


The regular season will close on November 28 in Columbia, SC when the Tigers face South Carolina. Clemson has won 10 of the last 12 in the series overall and nine of the last 10 played in Columbia dating to 1988.


All special home game designations such as homecoming and parents' day will be announced at a later date. Tickets to Clemson home games are available on www.clemsontigers.com or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.



2009 Clemson Football Schedule

Sept. 5 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 10 at Georgia Tech (ESPN)
Sept. 19 Boston College
Sept. 26 Central Michigan
Oct. 3 at Maryland
Oct. 17 Wake Forest
Oct. 24 at Miami
Oct. 31 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 7 Florida State
Nov. 14 at NC State
Nov. 21 Virginia
Nov. 28 at South Carolina

Atlantic Coast Conference Announces 2009 ACC Football Schedule

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule released today by Commissioner John D. Swofford is comprised of 96 games, including 48 conference match-ups, over a span of 13 weeks.


The schedule is capped off with the Fifth Annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, which this year will be played on Dec. 5 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.


The schedule is highlighted by the return of the Miami-Florida State rivalry to Labor Day Monday Night, as the Seminoles will host the Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Monday, Sept. 7.


The ACC schedule will also feature six Thursday Night ESPN national TV appearances beginning with the season-opening Thursday night clash with NC State hosting South Carolina on Sept. 3, followed by Clemson at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10; Georgia Tech at Miami on Sept. 17; Florida State at North Carolina on Oct. 22; North Carolina at Virginia Tech on Oct. 29 and Virginia Tech at East Carolina on Nov. 5.


Twenty-four of the league’s 48 non-conference games (50 percent) are against 20 teams that earned bowl berths in 2008 including five games with teams which finished ranked in the nation’s final Top 13 (AP) including defending national champion Florida (Florida State), 5th-ranked Oklahoma (Miami), 6th-ranked Alabama (Virginia Tech), 7th-ranked Texas Christian (Virginia) and 13th-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech). The ACC will also face two other nationally ranked teams 25th-ranked BYU (Florida State) and California (Maryland), which was ranked 25th in the USA Today Coaches poll.


Non-conference opponents who earned bowl bids this past season are Alabama, BYU, California, Central Michigan (2), Connecticut, East Carolina (2 games), Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Navy, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina (2), South Florida (2), Southern Mississippi, TCU and Vanderbilt.


Florida State leads all ACC teams, meeting 11 opponents which played in bowl games in 2008. Boston College, Clemson, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech all meet nine teams which went to bowl games last year with the other six ACC teams each facing 8 foes who earned post-season invitations.


Additionally, the ACC will play 16 games against 14 teams who were ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point during the 2008 season.


ACC Schedules
Boston College
Sept. 5 Northeastern
Sept. 12 Kent State
Sept. 19 at Clemson
Sept. 26 Wake Forest
Oct. 3 Florida State
Oct. 10 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 17 NC State
Oct. 24 at Notre Dame
Oct. 31 Central Michigan
Nov. 14 at Virginia
Nov. 21 North Carolina
Nov. 28 at Maryland

Duke
Sept. 5 Richmond
Sept. 12 at Army
Sept. 19 at Kansas
Sept. 26 North Carolina Central
Oct. 3 Virginia Tech
Oct. 10 at NC State
Oct. 24 Maryland
Oct. 31 at Virginia
Nov. 7 at North Carolina
Nov. 14 Georgia Tech
Nov. 21 at Miami
Nov. 28 Wake Forest

Florida State
Sept. 7 Miami (ESPN)
Sept. 12 Jacksonville State
Sept. 19 at BYU
Sept. 26 South Florida
Oct. 3 at Boston College
Oct. 10 Georgia Tech
Oct. 22 at North Carolina (ESPN)
Oct. 31 NC State
Nov. 7 at Clemson
Nov. 14 at Wake Forest
Nov. 21 Maryland
Nov. 28 at Florida

Georgia Tech
Sept. 5 Jacksonville State
Sept. 10 Clemson (ESPN)
Sept. 17 at Miami (ESPN)
Sept. 26 North Carolina
Oct. 3 at Mississippi State
Oct. 10 at Florida State
Oct. 17 Virginia Tech
Oct. 24 at Virginia
Oct. 31 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 Wake Forest
Nov. 14 at Duke
Nov. 28 Georgia

Maryland
Sept. 5 at California
Sept. 12 James Madison
Sept. 19 Middle Tennessee
Sept. 26 Rutgers
Oct. 3 Clemson
Oct. 10 at Wake Forest
Oct. 17 Virginia
Oct. 24 at Duke
Nov. 7 at NC State
Nov. 14 Virginia Tech
Nov. 21 at Florida State
Nov. 28 Boston College

Miami
Sept. 7 at Florida State (ESPN)
Sept. 17 Georgia Tech (ESPN)
Sept. 26 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 3 Oklahoma
Oct. 10 Florida A&M
Oct. 17 at Central Florida
Oct. 24 Clemson
Oct. 31 at Wake Forest
Nov. 7 Virginia
Nov. 14 at North Carolina
Nov. 21 Duke
Nov. 28 at South Florida

North Carolina
Sept. 5 The Citadel
Sept. 12 at Connecticut
Sept. 19 East Carolina
Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 3 Virginia
Oct. 10 Georgia Southern
Oct. 22 Florida State (ESPN)
Oct. 29 at Virginia Tech (ESPN)
Nov. 7 Duke
Nov. 14 Miami
Nov. 21 at Boston College
Nov. 28 at NC State

NC State
Sept. 3 South Carolina (ESPN)
Sept. 12 Murray State
Sept. 19 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 26 Pittsburgh
Oct. 3 at Wake Forest
Oct. 10 Duke
Oct. 17 at Boston College
Oct. 31 at Florida State
Nov. 7 Maryland
Nov. 14 Clemson
Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 28 North Carolina

Virginia
Sept. 5 William & Mary
Sept. 12 TCU
Sept. 19 at Southern Miss
Oct. 3 at North Carolina
Oct. 10 Indiana
Oct. 17 at Maryland
Oct. 24 Georgia Tech
Oct. 31 Duke
Nov. 7 at Miami
Nov. 14 Boston College
Nov. 21 at Clemson
Nov. 28 Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
Sept. 5 Alabama (Ga Dome, Atlanta)
Sept. 12 Marshall
Sept. 19 Nebraska
Sept. 26 Miami
Oct. 3 at Duke
Oct. 10 Boston College
Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 29 North Carolina (ESPN)
Nov. 5 at East Carolina (ESPN)
Nov. 14 at Maryland
Nov. 21 NC State
Nov. 28 at Virginia

Wake Forest
Sept. 5 Baylor
Sept. 12 Stanford
Sept. 19 Elon
Sept. 26 at Boston College
Oct. 3 NC State
Oct. 10 Maryland
Oct. 17 at Clemson
Oct. 24 at Navy
Oct. 31 Miami
Nov. 7 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 14 Florida State
Nov. 28 at Duke


2009 Composite ACC Football Schedule

Thursday, September 3
South Carolina at NC State, ESPN

Saturday, September 5 
Northeastern at Boston College
Middle Tennessee at Clemson
Richmond at Duke
Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech
Maryland at California
The Citadel at North Carolina
William & Mary at Virginia
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (Ga. Dome)
Baylor at Wake Forest

Monday, September 7 
Miami at Florida State, ESPN

Thursday, September 10 
Clemson at Georgia Tech , ESPN

Saturday, September 12 
Kent State at Boston College
Duke at Army
Jacksonville State at Florida State
James Madison at Maryland
North Carolina at Connecticut
Murray State at NC State
TCU at Virginia
Marshall at Virginia Tech
Stanford at Wake Forest

Thursday, September 17 
Georgia Tech at Miami, ESPN
Saturday, September 19 
Boston College at Clemson
Duke at Kansas
Florida State at BYU
Middle Tennessee at Maryland
East Carolina at North Carolina
Gardner-Webb at NC State
Virginia at Southern Miss
Nebraska at Virginia Tech
Elon at Wake Forest

Saturday, September 26 
Wake Forest at Boston College
Central Michigan at Clemson
North Carolina Central at Duke
South Florida at Florida State
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Rutgers at Maryland
Miami at Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh at NC State

Saturday, October 3
Florida State at Boston College
Clemson at Maryland
Virginia Tech at Duke
Georgia Tech at Mississippi State
Oklahoma at Miami
Virginia at North Carolina
NC State at Wake Forest

Saturday, October 10
Boston College at Virginia Tech
Duke at NC State
Georgia Tech at Florida State
Maryland at Wake Forest
Florida A&M at Miami
Georgia Southern at North Carolina
Indiana at Virginia

Saturday, October 17
NC State at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Maryland
Miami at Central Florida

Thursday, October 22 
Florida State at North Carolina, ESPN

Saturday, October 24 
Boston College at Notre Dame
Clemson at Miami
Maryland at Duke
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Wake Forest at Navy

Thursday, October 29 
North Carolina at Virginia Tech, ESPN

Saturday, October 31 
Central Michigan at Boston College
Coastal Carolina at Clemson
Duke at Virginia
NC State at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt
Miami at Wake Forest
Thursday, November 5 
Virginia Tech at East Carolina, ESPN

Saturday, November 7 
Florida State at Clemson
Duke at North Carolina
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
Maryland at NC State
Virginia at Miami


Saturday, November 14 
Boston College at Virginia
Clemson at NC State
Georgia Tech at Duke
Florida State at Wake Forest
Virginia Tech at Maryland
Miami at North Carolina

Saturday, November 21 
North Carolina at Boston College
Virginia at Clemson
Duke at Miami
Maryland at Florida State
NC State at Virginia Tech

Saturday, November 28 
Boston College at Maryland
Clemson at South Carolina
Wake Forest at Duke
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Miami at South Florida
North Carolina at NC State
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Saturday, December 5 
Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game
Tampa, Fla., ABC

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