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Top 15

When Clemson faces Ohio State on January 3 in South Florida it will mark the fourth time this season, and the sixth time in the last 15 games, where the Tigers have faced a top 15 team.

This is the first time in any 15-game-stretch in Clemson history that the Tigers have faced six top 15 teams.

The game will mark the fourth time this season that Clemson has played a top 15 team, which has happened only three other times (1999, 2009, 2011) in school history.

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will be coaching against a top 15 team for the 15th time, which is the fourth most in school history, but it will be his 15th, top 15 opponent in only 74 games.  That means that Swinney's teams face a top 15 team 20% of the time, which is the highest percentage in school history.

Here is a look at each coaches' history against top 15 competition:

Clemson's first 15 coaches did not play against a top 15 team because the AP did not start ranking teams until the mid-1930s.

Jess Neely faced one top 15 team in his final season and beat 11th ranked Boston College in his final game at Clemson.

Frank Howard coached 30 years at Clemson.  He coached 295 games, including 25 against top 15 teams which were 8% of his games.  Howard went 4-21 against top 15 teams.

Hootie Ingram coached three years at Clemson.  Ingram coached 33 games, including five against top 15 teams which were 15% of his games.  He went 1-4 against top 15 competition.

Red Parker coached four years in Tigertown.  In his 44 games as the head coach, Parker faced four top 15 teams which were 10% of his games.  He went 0-4 against top 15 teams.

Charley Pell coached only two years with Clemson.  He coached 23 games, including four against top 15 competition.  That means 17% of the teams he faced were ranked in the top 15.  Pell went 1-3 against top 15 teams.

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enjoyed 11 years as the head coach at Clemson.  He coached 129 games, including 17 against top 15 teams.  Ford beat top 15 teams in 13% of the games he coached at Clemson.  He went 10-6-1 against top 15 teams.

Ken Hatfield was the head coach four years at Clemson and coached 48 games.  He faced top 15 teams in six games, which comes out to 13% of the games he coached at Clemson.  Hatfield went 2-4 against top 15 competition.

Tommy West was the head man at Clemson for five years.  He coached 59 games, including nine against top 15 teams.  West faced top 15 competition for 15% of the games he coached here.  West struggled to an 0-9 record in games against top 15 teams.

Tommy Bowden led the Tigers for 10 seasons.  He coached 117 games, including 22 against top 15 teams.  That mark works out to 19% of the games he coached.  Bowden went 6-16 against top 15 teams.

Dabo Swinney is in his sixth year as the head coach in Tigertown.  His next game will be his 75th game and will mark the 15 game against top 15 competition.  Again, that works out to 20% of the games he has coached.  Swinney is 6-8 against top 15 competition.

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