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This weekend could be one of the most anticipated weekends in Clemson's athletic history. Saturday night at 8 o’clock Clemson and Georgia will play in a game with two top 10 teams facing off in Death Valley for just the second time ever.
Clemson is trying to become the first non-conference team ever to beat two top 10 ranked SEC teams in consecutive games.
But a lot will be going on around the stadium before the game, and here is a list of some of the things I am most looking forward to:
The Opening Game
I would be excited if we were opening up against Florida Atlantic this weekend instead of Georgia. I don't want to lie and say that I would be just as fired up, but this is the season opener. This is a team that is ranked eighth in both polls. This is what I have been waiting on since
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I have not been able to go to the First Friday Parade in several years because of high school football on Friday nights, but I must admit that I still love this event. It’s probably more for the kids but this old man still likes to see the Clemson spirit, and the parade means football is just a few short hours away. Two words...Kudzoo Kids!
I try to get by and check out this new tradition as often as I can, but this Saturday is special because it is the first Tiger Walk of the season. I love the energy and atmosphere created as our guys make their way through the sea of orange.
ESPN College GameDay
ESPN College GameDay has turned into a big deal and it is now an honor when Chris, Lee, Kirk and the crew "come to your city." This is a chance for the nation to see our pride and our excitement about our Tigers. I have changed my attitude on this one. When they first came to Clemson I thought it was a distraction, but this is a big deal and one that helps with my next topic.
This Saturday night is a who's who in terms of recruiting. The list of top prospects from the next three classes should be ultra-impressive. I can't wait to see which prospects make it to town and hear what they have to say about their time at Clemson.
Homer Jordan and David Treadwell will serve as honorary Clemson captains for the Georgia game. This year, for the first time, the Tiger Lettermen’s Association is sponsoring a program whereby two former Tigers will return to Death Valley and serve as honorary captains for each home game. Both Jordan and Treadwell have a special history when it comes to the Clemson-Georgia series.
Jordan, a native of Athens, GA, quarterbacked Clemson to the 1981 National Championship. Along the way, he led the Tigers to a 13-3 win over a fourth-ranked, and defending National Champion, Georgia team.
Treadwell kicked two game winning field goals against Georgia: a 46-yarder at Georgia in 1986 on the last play of the game and a 21-yarder with two seconds left the following season at Clemson.
Ford to Be Inducted into Clemson Ring of Honor
Former Clemson head coach
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I can't wait to see Coach Ford get the honor he deserves. This electric moment should only add to a terrific atmosphere. It is also a very appropriate way to honor Clemson's greatest coach, who led the Tigers to their greatest athletic accomplishment.
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