Clemson coach Dabo Swinney held his weekly press conference today as his Tigers prepare to hit the road this weekend to battle #15 Auburn. Clemson is 2-0 this season, with both wins coming against lower level opponents. The Tigers beat North Texas 35-10 in the opener and blew out Presbyterian 58-21 last week at Death Valley. Swinney knows the stakes will be much higher this weekend at Auburn.
Here are some fun factoids about this weekend’s matchup:
- Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium holds 87,451 people. If the game sells out, it will be the largest crowd to ever watch a Clemson football game. The game is expected to sell out. The current record crowd to watch Clemson was at Georgia in 2002. There were 86, 520 fans in Sanford Stadium in Athens that day.
- The last meeting between these two team’s was the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Auburn won that game 23-30 in overtime. Dabo Swinney was the Tigers receivers coach.
- Auburn holds a 33-11-2 advantage in this series. In fact, Auburn has won 13 straight against Clemson. Clemson’s last win was back in 1950, 41-0.
- The two teams have only played twice since 1971, and both meetings were in Atlanta. There was the 2007 Peach Bowl loss mentioned above and also the 1998 Peach Bowl, er Chick-fil-A Bowl, which Auburn won 21-17.
- This is the first time Clemson has played a ranked non-conference team on the road since they defeated 19th ranked USC 13-9 in 2005.
- Auburn head coach Gene Chizic was a graduate assistant at Clemson under Danny Ford in 1988 and 1989. The Tigers finished 10-2 both of those seasons.