Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome


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Clemson, SC-Clemson will open its 2008 football season in the Georgia Dome against Alabama, athletic director Terry Don Phillips announced Friday. The game will be played August 30, 2008 and will be the first Saturday evening prime time telecast on either ESPN or ABC.

Phillips also announced the other three non-conference games on the Clemson 2008 schedule. The Tigers will open the season against an SEC opponent and it will close the season with an SEC opponent as state rival South Carolina comes to Clemson on November 29. It will be the third straight game of the Tigers against an SEC opponent.

Clemson closed the 2007 regular season with a win at South Carolina and met Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve to close the season. It marks the first time since 1925 that Clemson has played three consecutive games against teams currently in the SEC.

Clemson will also play host to state institutions The Citadel and South Carolina State in 2008. The Citadel game is tentatively scheduled for September 6, while the South Carolina State game is scheduled for September 20.

Clemson had previously announced plans to play Central Florida at home and Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, LA during the 2008 season, but both schools contacted Clemson and asked to be relieved of their contract obligations so they could play different schools .

"This is certainly a game that our players, fans and coaches will look forward to over the off season," said Phillips. "There is a lot of history between Clemson and Alabama from a coaching standpoint, but the two schools have not met since 1975. With the game played on national television in prime time in front of two rabid fan bases in a premier football facility, it should be one of the highlights of the college football season."

Clemson and Alabama first played in 1900, a 35-0 Clemson victory. The Tigers coach in that game was Hall of Fame Coach John Heisman. Alabama legend Bear Bryant and Clemson legend Frank Howard met four times in the 1960s. Danny Ford played in three of those games for Alabama and went on to coach Clemson for 11 seasons.

"The Clemson vs. Alabama game will be an exciting way to kickoff our season," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "Similar to the Florida State game this past year (Labor Day night game on national TV), it will bring a lot of publicity about our program to the nation, which will certainly benefit us in recruiting."

Phillips also addressed the addition of South Carolina State to the schedule. "When we had the opportunity to play Alabama at a neutral site, we considered losing a home game and the negative economic impact that would have on the University and the state of South Carolina. We understand that many businesses in the area depend on Clemson home games for a primary source of revenue. When Louisiana Tech contacted us about voiding their contract with us, it afforded us the opportunity to find a seventh home game.

"We made many contacts with FBS teams, but no one had an opening that allowed for a seventh home game. We contacted South Carolina State and they had an opening. It will be a positive for two football programs in the state of South Carolina."

Clemson's full schedule with dates of ACC opponents will be announced in late January. Clemson's four home ACC opponents in 2008 will be Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland and NC State. Clemson's road ACC games will be at Boston College, Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest. Clemson will not play Miami (FL), Virginia Tech or North Carolina in 2008.

Clemson will include the Clemson vs. Alabama ticket information on its season ticket-IPTAY application. Qualified IPTAY Donors will receive the application in late March. Detailed ticket information will be released at that time.


Clemson Non-Conference Football Schedule for 2008


August 30 Alabama (at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 6 The Citadel

Sept. 20 South Carolina State

Nov. 29 South Carolina



Dates of ACC Games TBA

Home ACC Games: Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State

Road ACC Games: Boston College, Florida State, Virginia, Wake Forest

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Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
Crump®
Two 1-AA?
tIgErFan92
So much for any shot at a BCS championship
Tiger95
Why? Strength of schedule is out of the equation now and
Pawless
I think you would pretty much agree that outside of the 1st
Justwannaread
Yes, but that wasn't what he said. He said even if we go
Pawless
Its still in the computer aspect because the computer progra
Justwannaread
If you think strength of schedule is not included why is
JVTiger
Sorry for shownig the least bit of optimism
Tiger95
I don't even know that you can make that assumption.
Pawless
Maybe so
tiger_thom®
Central Florida/La. Tech
Cookster22
Re: Why? Strength of schedule is out of the equation now and
JDTigerB®
Hawaii was undefeated but you don't see them playing OSU
Dr Claw
Re: Hawaii was undefeated but you don't see them playing OSU
tjh188
IT'S back in.***
greene
I disagree
MyBloodRunnethOrange®
worry about that when we go undefeated.***
tigerinkvillenc
Ah, we'll be just "one play away" from it. ;) ******
El Tigre'
Re: So much for any shot at a BCS championship
bparent
Re: Two 1-AA?
UCTiger
Re: Two 1-AA?
bparent
well said***
deleted
Home schedule really does suck next year***
Pawprinter
No joke.***
andylayne
I don't like our road schedule....
bw4tigers
Virginia has been losers in the ACC until recently.
DigDoug
Re: I don't like our road schedule....
JVTiger
Curious as to who the heck La. Tech wanted to play instead
Swarley
doesn't matter-- LA Tech was the game we needed to get rid
ctigers90
I'm with ya. Just seemed odd. ******
Swarley
Mississippi State***
owensb01®
Does home/away make a difference? Wouldn't they get more
DigDoug
looks like i'll make about 8 games next year. not bad.***
tigerinkvillenc
Re: Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
Fripps
No kidding***
tigerdrummer®
Re: Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
bparent
I think CJ likes the Georgia Dome
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Re: Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
deleted
Hint: We want FSU after Alabama TDP!!!***
watt00
Re: Hint: We want FSU after Alabama TDP!!!***
tonybenson62003
Happy to play Bama. I wish we'd play more decent OOC teams.
Razzmatazz
Re: Happy to play Bama. I wish we'd play more decent OOC teams.
tonybenson62003
I'd rather see CU play decent teams home-&-home or neutral.
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
GWC
Re: Clemson to Open 2008 Season against Alabama in Georgia Dome
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fortdcu
Good, Bowden can go 8-4 with a wussy schedule 2 x 1--AA????***
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