2011 Clemson football schedule announced

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Clemson plays six of its first eight games at home and, for the first time since 1989.
Clemson plays six of its first eight games at home and, for the first time since 1989.

Clemson, SC—Clemson will play one of its most difficult schedules in history in 2011, according the slate of games announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Ten of Clemson’s 11 FBS opponents went to bowl games last year, including six who won at least nine games in 2010. Additionally, Wofford, Clemson’s FBS opponent, was 10-3 and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

Clemson’s three FBS non-conference opponents had a combined 31-10 record last year, a .756 winning percentage. That list includes defending National Champion Auburn, who comes to Clemson on September 17. Troy (8-5) and South Carolina (9-5) also had outstanding seasons in 2010.

Overall, Clemson’s 12 opponents in 2011 had a 104-55 record last year, a .654 winning percentage. Each of Clemson’s first five opponents won at least eight games, including four in a row who won at least 10 games.
Clemson has a stretch of consecutive games against Auburn (14-0), Florida State (10-4) and Virginia Tech (11-3) between September 24 and October 1 that will be one of the most challenging stretches in school history. All three of those teams played for their respective conference championships last year. Clemson plays all four schools who played for the ACC and SEC championships last year.

Clemson has a 2011 schedule that is front-loaded with home games. The Tigers first four games will be at home, the first time that has happened since 1979 and just the third time in school history. The 1920 Tigers played their first five games at home.

Clemson plays six of its first eight games at home and, for the first time since 1989, Clemson will play just one home game after October 22.

Clemson will open the season September 3 against Troy, the first meeting on the gridiron between the two schools. Troy finished with an 8-5 record last year and ranked 11th in the nation in passing offense, 17th in total offense and fifth in quarterback sacks.

Clemson’s second game will be played on September 10 when Wofford from nearby Spartanburg, SC comes to Clemson. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Terriers since 2001 and just the second meeting since 1981. Wofford had a 10-3 season in 2010 when they led the all FCS schools in rushing yards per game.

Defending National Champion Auburn comes to Clemson on September 17. The Auburn Tigers had a 14-0 record last year when they defeated Oregon for the National title. Clemson and Auburn went to overtime last year before Auburn gained a 27-24 victory. Clemson was the only team to take Auburn to overtime last year. It will be Auburn’s first trip to Clemson since 1970.

Auburn’s appearance will mark the first time the defending national champion has come to Clemson since 1991 when Georgia Tech played at Clemson after having won the title according to the Coach’s poll in 1990. The only year an opponent came to Clemson as the defending national champion was 1981 when Georgia played at Clemson after winning the 1980 title.

Clemson opens its ACC schedule against Florida State on September 24 at Memorial Stadium. The two schools played a thrilling game last year that was decided on a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the game, giving the Seminoles a 16-13 victory. Clemson has not lost to Florida State in Memorial Stadium in 10 years. Florida State won the ACC’s Atlantic Division title last year and finished with a Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over South Carolina.

Defending ACC champion Virginia Tech will be Clemson’s first road game on October 1. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers and the Hokies since the two schools played at Clemson in 2007. Virginia Tech finished with an 11-3 mark last year and has won the ACC title three of the last four years.

Boston College comes to Clemson on October 8 for the annual battle for the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy. Seven of the last eight meetings between these two schools have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Clemson will travel to Maryland on October 15 to face Randy Edsall’s Terps. The two schools have met every year since 1952 and the Tigers have a 30-27-2 lead in the competitive series. Clemson defeated a nine-win Maryland team last year at Clemson, 31-7.

North Carolina will come to Clemson on October 22 for its last appearance in Death Valley until the 2016 season. The Tar Heels are coming off an eight-win season that concluded with a bowl victory over Tennessee.

The Tigers travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on October 29. Tech led the nation in rushing offense last year, meaning Clemson’s defense will face the top programs in college football at the FBS and FCS level in rushing. Clemson and Georgia Tech played for the 2009 ACC championship.

After an open date, Clemson will play host to Wake Forest on November 12. It will be Senior Day at Clemson.

The last two games are on the road. Clemson travels to NC State for its final league game on November 19. The Tigers have beaten NC State seven straight years, the Tigers longest streak in the history of the series. Clemson finishes its regular season at South Carolina on November 26. Clemson has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series in Columbia. The state rivals have played every year since 1909.

Special days such as Homecoming and Family Day will be announced at a later date.

Clemson opens Spring Practice for the 2011 season on March 4. The Spring Game will be held April 9 at 4:00 PM at Memorial Stadium.

2011 Clemson football schedule

Sept. 3  TROY

Sept. 10   WOFFORD

Sept. 17   AUBURN


Oct. 1     at Virginia Tech


Oct. 15    at Maryland


Oct. 29    at Georgia Tech

Nov. 5    OPEN

Nov. 12    WAKE FOREST

Nov. 19    at NC State

Nov. 26    at South Carolina

ACC Announces Challenging 2011 Football Schedule

Atlantic Coast Conference Teams to Face Four Opponents Ranked in the Top Six of the Final 2010 AP Poll; 23 Games against 2010 Bowl Teams

GREENSBORO, N.C.--The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule released today by Commissioner John Swofford is a challenging slate which sees conference teams playing four of the top six teams ranked in the final 2010 AP poll, 10 games against opponents that are projected by ESPN.com to be in the nation’s preseason Top 25, and 23 games against teams which participated in 2010 post-season bowl games.

In all, the schedule is comprised of 97 games, including 48 regular-season conference match-ups, over a span of 14 weeks and is capped off with the Seventh Annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, which returns to Charlotte, N.C. this year and will be played on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Bank of America Stadium.

ACC teams will face 48 non-conference opponents who had a combined winning percentage of 56 percent in 2010, including 35 games against FBS opponents who won 55 percent of their games last fall.

Twenty-three of the league’s 48 non-conference games (48 percent) are against 20 teams that earned bowl berths in 2010. This includes four games with teams which finished ranked in the nation’s Top Six (AP) in 2010 in defending national champion Auburn (Clemson), fourth-ranked Stanford (Duke), fifth-ranked Ohio State (Miami) and sixth-ranked Oklahoma (Florida State).

Including games against the nine ACC teams which earned bowl bids in 2010, no ACC team plays fewer than six opponents who went to bowl games last fall, with Clemson facing the most with 10 followed by Boston College, Miami and Wake Forest with nine each.

ACC teams will also play 14 games against 11 teams selected by ESPN.com in its early preseason Top 25 including matches with projected top-ranked Oklahoma, sixth-ranked Ohio State and seventh-ranked Stanford. Three members of the Conference—Boston College, Maryland and Wake Forest—will meet Notre Dame, projected to be 14th nationally, while ACC teams will also play 15th-ranked South Carolina (Clemson), 17th-ranked Auburn (Clemson), 18th-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech) and 19th-ranked Florida (Florida State) .

Non-conference opponents who earned bowl bids this past season include defending National Champion Auburn, East Carolina (2 games with ACC schools), FIU, Florida, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Notre Dame (3 games with ACC schools), Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern Miss, Stanford, Syracuse, Troy, UCF and West

The Conference will again enjoy national exposure on Labor Day Monday, as Maryland hosts Miami at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in a nationally-televised prime time contest on
ESPN. The game, which will have an 8 pm (ET) kickoff, will nationally showcase the ACC coaching debuts of the Conference’s two new head coaches in Al Golden of Miami and Randy Edsall of Maryland.

In all, the ACC will play five games nationally-televised by ESPN on Thursday night beginning with NC State travelling to Cincinnati (Sept. 22), but also including Virginia at Miami (Oct. 27); Florida State at Boston College (Nov. 3); Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (Nov. 10); and North Carolina at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17). Each of the ESPN Thursday night appearances are set for an 8 p.m. (ET) kickoff.

ACC teams will face the defending national champion for the third straight year and fourth of the last five when Clemson hosts Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 17, a weekend which promises to be a pivotal one in the national rankings with Miami hosting Ohio State, Florida State hosting Oklahoma, and Maryland hosting West Virginia.


Thursday, September 1st  

Western Carolina @ Georgia Tech

Saturday, September 3rd

Northwestern @ Boston College

Troy @ Clemson

Richmond @ Duke

Louisiana-Monroe @ Florida State

James Madison @ North Carolina

Liberty @ NC State

William & Mary @ Virginia

Appalachian State @ Virginia Tech

Wake Forest @ Syracuse 

Monday, September 5th

Miami @ Maryland, ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, September 10th

Boston College @ UCF

Wofford @ Clemson

Stanford @ Duke

Charleston Southern @ Florida State

Georgia Tech @ Middle Tennessee

Rutgers @ North Carolina

NC State @ Wake Forest

Virginia @ Indiana

Virginia Tech @ East Carolina

Saturday, September 17th  

Duke @ Boston College

Auburn @ Clemson

Oklahoma @ Florida State

Kansas @ Georgia Tech

West Virginia @ Maryland

Ohio State @ Miami

Virginia @ North Carolina

South Alabama @ NC State

Arkansas State @ Virginia Tech

Gardner-Webb @ Wake Forest

Thursday, September 22nd

NC State @ Cincinnati, ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, September 24th
Massachusetts @ Boston College

Florida State @ Clemson

Tulane @ Duke

North Carolina @ Georgia Tech

Temple @ Maryland

Kansas State @ Miami

Southern Mississippi @ Virginia

Virginia Tech @ Marshall

Saturday, October 1st

Wake Forest @ Boston College

Clemson @ Virginia Tech

Duke @ FIU

Georgia Tech @ NC State

Towson @ Maryland  

Bethune-Cookman @ Miami

North Carolina @ East Carolina

Idaho @ Virginia

Saturday, October 8th

Boston College @ Clemson

Florida State @ Wake Forest

Maryland @ Georgia Tech

Miami @ Virginia Tech

Louisville @ North Carolina

Central Michigan @ NC State

Saturday, October 15th

Clemson @ Maryland

Florida State @ Duke

Georgia Tech @ Virginia

Miami @ North Carolina

Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest

Saturday, October 22nd

Boston College @ Virginia Tech

North Carolina @ Clemson

Wake Forest @ Duke

Maryland @ Florida State

Georgia Tech @ Miami

NC State @ Virginia

Thursday, October 27th
Virginia @ Miami, ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, October 29th

Boston College @ Maryland

Clemson @ Georgia Tech

Virginia Tech @ Duke

NC State @ Florida State

Wake Forest @ North Carolina

Thursday, November 3rd
Florida State @ Boston College, ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, November 5th
Duke @ Miami

Virginia @ Maryland

North Carolina @ NC State

Notre Dame @ Wake Forest

Thursday, November 10th

Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 8 pm 

Saturday, November 12th

NC State @ Boston College

Wake Forest @ Clemson

Duke @ Virginia

Miami @ Florida State

Notre Dame vs. Maryland  

(FedEx Field; Landover, MD)

Thursday, November 17th

North Carolina @ Virginia Tech, ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, November 19th

Boston College @ Notre Dame

Clemson @ NC State

Georgia Tech @ Duke

Virginia @ Florida State

Maryland @ Wake Forest

Miami @ South Florida

Saturday, November 26th

Boston College @ Miami

Clemson @ South Carolina

Duke @ North Carolina

Florida State @ Florida

Georgia @ Georgia Tech

Maryland @ NC State

Virginia Tech @ Virginia

Vanderbilt @ Wake Forest

Saturday, December 3rd

Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game

Bank of America Stadium- Charlotte, NC

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spacer 2011 Clemson football schedule announced
spacer Front-loaded home schedule***
spacer Re: Front-loaded home schedule***
spacer Very suprised that we have no Thursday night games playing
spacer ouch.
spacer Hopefully we finally get that 10 win season.
spacer Killer 3 game stretch
spacer We win 7 games IMO.***
spacer Re: Hopefully we finally get that 10 win season.
spacer At least we'll find out what the Tigers have early***
spacer SPOT THE BALL!***
spacer AU, FSU, VT back to back to back....you got to be kidding me***
spacer AU and VT will not be the same teams in 2011***
spacer VT has won 3 of the last 4 ACC Championships
spacer schedule's encrypted message from Swoffie "BOHICA"
spacer Worst schedule ever
spacer I'm tired of 4 straight home games
spacer When are we getting the 12 game home schedule?***
spacer Agree 100%. Hot as #### in my seats in September.***
spacer I see at least 3 or 4 ----- 12 NOON GAMES in there
spacer This is not a gripe at anyone at Clemson... but...
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer I hope not------ because CLEMSON has nothing to do with it
spacer We could spread out the non-conference games
spacer Jeez, what lottery did we lose?***
spacer Re: Jeez, what lottery did we lose?***
spacer cry me a river ACC, a couple tough games in a row
spacer you are a tool****
spacer and your fanbase are a bunch of babies***
spacer Hey sandcrapper...Go back to that pitiful stadium of yours
spacer good God... every year people complain a little louder...
spacer As someone with kids and a life...
spacer 4 straight weeks of home games is rather awful***
spacer I really like the fact that we have no Thursday games
spacer Yes, that is the one bright spot!***
spacer Re: 2011 Clemson football schedule announced
spacer 9-3 with losses to Va. Tech, SC, and the annual ### game
spacer Re: 9-3 with losses to Va. Tech, SC, and the annual ### game
spacer Boy u r optimistic!
spacer Re: Boy u r optimistic!
spacer A loss to scar makes it a bad year.***
spacer Agree - but they will be loaded and viable SEC contenders***
spacer Any more than 3 losses and I'll be pissed
spacer Re: 2011 Clemson football schedule announced
spacer Re: 2011 Clemson football schedule announced
spacer I just hope we get this new offense down pat in the first
spacer We have some whiners and some overly optomistic fans here
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