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 that 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 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
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.
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.
Clemson Football Schedule 2011
Date – Opponent
- Sept. 3 – TROY
- Sept. 10 – WOFFORD
- Sept. 17 – AUBURN
- Sept. 24 – FLORIDA STATE
- Oct. 1 – at Virginia Tech
- Oct. 8 – BOSTON COLLEGE
- Oct. 15 – at Maryland
- Oct. 22 – NORTH CAROLINA
- Oct. 29 – at Georgia Tech
- Nov. 5 – Open Date
- Nov. 12 – WAKE FOREST
- Nov. 19 – at NC State
- Nov. 26 – at South Carolina