College Football

ACC announces Clemson's 2013 conference opponents

Tigers will host Florida State, Georgia Tech and make first trip to Syracuse

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 11, 2013 

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Clemson will play home conference games against Florida State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest in 2013. Dabo Swinney's Tigers will travel to Virginia, N.C. State, Maryland and Syracuse according to the conference schedule released by the ACC on Friday.

The league will release the dates of conference games in February when the schedule is completed.

Clemson remains in the Atlantic Division, the division new member Syracuse will compete starting in 2013.

With a new rotation of conference games being developed due to the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the ACC in 2013, and Louisville in 2014, Georgia Tech must come to Clemson for a second consecutive year.

It is the first time the same ACC team will come to Clemson in consecutive years since the 1993-94 era when NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Maryland all came to Clemson in consecutive years.

That circumstance was the result of Florida State joining the ACC in 1992. There were also consecutive appearances in the same stadium for some league schools in the 2004-05 era when Virginia Tech and Miami joined the ACC, but no ACC team came to Clemson in consecutive years during that time. Clemson did go to Wake Forest in 2005 and 2006.

Clemson will be one of just two schools in the nation to have two non-conference games against teams that finished in the final top 10 of the final 2012 AP and USA Today polls. Georgia and South Carolina were both ranked in the top 10 of both polls this year and will open and close Clemson's 2013 schedule, respectively.

Nevada is the only other school nationally with two non-conference games against 2012 top 10 teams.

Clemson also has nonconference home games with S.C. State and The Citadel.

Clemson (11-2, 7-1 ACC) finished ninth in the final USA Today poll and 11th in the final Associated Press poll, the first time since the 1990 season that the Tigers have finished in the top 10 in either of the two polls.

Three of Clemson's 2013 opponents finished in the top 10 in the final USA Today and AP polls. Georgia finished fourth, while South Carolina was seventh, and Florida State eighth in the final USA Today polls.

Non-Conference Games vs. 2012 Top 10 Teams

Clemson - 2, Georgia, South Carolina

Nevada - 2, Florida State, Oregon

Tennessee - 1, Oregon

Virginia Tech - 1, Alabama

Colorado State - 1, Alabama

South Carolina - 1, Clemson

Florida - 1, Florida State

North Texas - 1, Georgia

Georgia Tech - 1, Georgia

Rice - 1, Texas A&M

SMU - 1, Texas A&M

UTEP - 1, Texas A&M

San Jose State - 1, Stanford

Stanford - 1, Notre Dame

Arizona State - 1, Notre Dame

Air Force - 1, Notre Dame

Southern Cal - 1, Notre Dame

Navy - 1, Notre Dame

Temple - 1, Notre Dame

Georgia - 1, Clemson

North Carolina - 1, South Carolina

Central Florida - 1, South Carolina

Toledo - 1, Florida

Miami (FL) - 1, Florida

Florida State - 1, Florida

Purdue - 1, Notre Dame

Michigan State - 1, Notre Dame

Notre Dame - 1, Stanford

Michigan - 1, Notre Dame

Buffalo - 1, Ohio State

San Diego State - 1, Ohio State

California - 1, Ohio State

Pittsburgh - 1, Notre Dame

BYU - 1, Notre Dame

Idaho - 1, Florida State

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