Clemson faces difficult schedule in 2010


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Clemson, SC—Clemson was not ranked in the top 25 of the preseason Coaches poll released on Friday, but the poll did give an indication to the difficult nature of Clemson’s 2010 schedule.

Clemson will play #13 Miami (FL), #17 Georgia Tech, #18 North Carolina, #20 Florida State and #23 Auburn this year, one of just nine schools nationally to have at least five games against USA Today preseason top 25 teams on their schedule. Miami (FL), LSU and Mississippi State will all play six top 25 teams according to the USA Today poll, while Clemson, Duke, Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee all play five.

Clemson has three of those five games on the road and join Miami (FL), LSU and Mississippi State as schools from the above list with three road games against ranked schools.

Clemson must play three preseason top 25 teams in a succession and four out of five at midseason. Dabo Swinney’s team plays at #23 Auburn on September 18, at home against #13 Miami (FL) on October 2 (after an open date), and at #18 North Carolina on October 9. After a game against Maryland, the Tigers face #17 Georgia Tech at home on October 23.

If Clemson plays three consecutive games against top 25 opponents this year it would be the first time since 2001 when Clemson played Florida State (14), Maryland (13) and South Carolina (22) in consecutive games near the end of the season.

This year’s schedule could be among the toughest in school history in terms of playing ranked opponents. The Tigers have played five top 25 teams on the date of the game just three years in school history. Clemson had five games against top 25 teams in 1988, 1999 and 2005.

Last year Clemson played four games against top 25 teams, but all four of those teams were ranked in the top 15 at the time of the game. It was just the second time Clemson played four games against top 15 teams in the same year. The 1999 season was the other time that has happened.

Being left out of the preseason poll is not always a bad indicator for the Tigers, especially in recent years. Four times in the last 10 years (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009) Clemson has been ranked in the final top 25 after not being ranked in the preseason poll. Only Boise State has had more final top 25 rankings without a preseason top 25 in the last 10 years. The Broncos have done that five times, while Clemson, Boston College and Oregon State have all done it four times apiece.

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B-Meist®
spacer Not according to Tigernet ...
apextiger®
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ATLClemson
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douglas405
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PioneerG
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Tiger5
spacer i'll be at both...drunk, happy and excited to be there
chewbb23
spacer Re: i'll be at both...drunk, happy and excited to be there
Outbound®
spacer Re: i'll be at both...drunk, happy and excited to be there
TigerNut21
spacer Almost every team in the country has 2 cupcakes a year.
tigeringvegas
spacer Re: Almost every team in the country has 2 cupcakes a year.
Outbound®
spacer Check out Rutgers' non-conference schedule:
william
spacer You just don't get it, do you?
TigerHawk76®
spacer Re: You just don't get it, do you?
Outbound®
spacer Re: You just don't get it, do you?
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: You just don't get it, do you?
ATLClemson
spacer Beating the snot out of a FCS team actually does help.
wildblulou®
spacer I actually agree with both sides here
tigers baby
spacer amen
74TIGER
spacer Re: You just don't get it, do you?
william
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Tiger99and00
spacer What do you want? UGA won't play us ****
william
spacer Adios and don't let the door hit you in the ####! *******
celtic_tiger®
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Chiacat
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Tiger99and00
spacer YOU KNOW WHAT I SAY ABOUT THIS SCHEDULE?
AThomas®
spacer Re: YOU KNOW WHAT I SAY ABOUT THIS SCHEDULE?
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: YOU KNOW WHAT I SAY ABOUT THIS SCHEDULE?
Tiger99and00
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dixie tiger
spacer Bring that shizzle on..........
Tiger99and00
spacer And we will play those ranked teams tough, and may win,
tigerdrummer®
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deleted
spacer Waay!,,,, just play don't complaign.***
bloodorange
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