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Clemson Tigers
Clemson Logo.png
First season 2013
Head coach Emperor_of_Orange
8 year, 73–26 (.737)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Year built 1942
Stadium capacity 81,500
Location Clemson, SC
League NCAA
Conference ACC
Division Atlantic
All-time record 80–39–0 (.672)
Postseason bowl record 5–1 (.833)
Playoff appearances 1
Playoff record 2-1
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1
Division titles 2
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors

Orange and Regalia

          
Fight song "Tiger Rag"
Mascot 8 Ball the Tiger
Rivals South Carolina
Boston College
Auburn
Florida State
Georgia Tech

The Clemson Tigers is a CFBHC team, playing in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, beginning in the 2013 season.

History

Radmanflex era (2013-2014)

2013 season

Clemson's inaugural season started poorly and immediately got worse. It features one of the team's only losses to archrival South Carolina, and the only bright spot was an upset win over Auburn. The Tigers went 4-8 and missed a bowl. Fans blamed coaching inconsistency and ineptitude as the reasoning behind the season.

2014 season

Clemson started somewhat better in 2014, with an intial surge to a 3-1 record and a #20 ranking before falling in 4 consecutive games. Following the 20-7 loss to Louisville, coach Radmanflex was fired and replaced by Coach Emperor_of_Orange. In his first game, Emperor made a QB change to CJ Logan and the Tigers won 42-14 against the Nick Hall-led Syracuse Orange. Emperor and Logan ended up leading the Tigers to a 3-1 finish with wins over Boston College and South Carolina to reach 6-6, but Clemson once again missed a bowl due to the number of eligible teams.

Emperor_of_Orange era (mid-2014-present)

2015 season

Clemson received its first preseason ranking entering the 2015 season, as much hype surrounded coach Emperor and emerging QB CJ Logan. The Tigers immediately found success, winning by a combined 109-14 in the first 3 games of the year. The Tigers would start 9-0 and reach #2 before falling on the road to coach Jumanji and Boston College. The Tigers would finish the year 11-2 with a win over Vanderbilt in the Weis Markets Bowl. This season was Clemson's first winning record, bowl win, and ranked finish in school history.

2016 season

Following the 2015 season, Clemson entered 2016 as #18 and facing a showdown with Aaron Shea and Missouri. The Clemson defense was torched by the future Heisman winner and #1 pick to the tune of 56 points. Clemson fell out of the rankings and would not re-enter them for the remainder of the season. The Tigers ended up going 9-4, extending their win streak over South Carolina to 3, and winning the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl 24-10 against Kansas State.

2017 season

2017 was a planned down year for Clemson from the beginning, a lot of players graduated or declared for the NFLHC following 2016 and the Tigers had to take their lumps while young players developed into starters. The season still featured wins over rivals FSU, Auburn, and South Carolina, but it also contained losses to Georgia Tech, Boston College, and a blowout bowl loss versus Utah in the Mile High Bowl.

2018 season

The 2018 season saw an improved Clemson as young players began to emerge. Most notably 2018 saw the origins of CFBHC's most prolific 2-way player, Marquise Reed. Many pundits were critical of coach Emperor deciding to start Reed at FS and WR as a true freshman, citing the Air Force CB that tried to do the same only to be injured in his first game. Reed did not have such issues, he became the Tigers' best offensive and defensive player within his first few games and essentially winning the game at #17 Michigan State. His stat line that game put him into the Heisman conversation for the remainder of the year, with 6 catches for 205 yards, 2 TD, 5 tackles, and 1 INT. The Tigers ended up going 10-3 with losses to #1 BC and FSU and Auburn on the road. Clemson extended its win streak over South Carolina to 5 straight and defeated LSU 31-10 in the Music City Bowl.

2019 season

The 2019 season saw a lot of expectations heaped on the Tigers. They received their first preseason top 10 ranking at #9 and would stay in the top 10 the entire year. In the 2nd game of the year, the Tigers edged out #18 Auburn 13-10, and from there Clemson went off. The Tigers went undefeated in the regular season, with wins over #13 Boston College in Chestnut Hill, #15 FSU at home, and yet another win over archrival South Carolina. Clemson finished the regular season ranked #1 and won the ACC Championship with ease over Jumbo and Pitt. Clemson's first playoff draw was upstart Nevada, and the Tigers once again cruised to a big win, this time 37-10. In the semifinals, Clemson edged out Alabama 20-16 to go to the National Championship game, where the Tigers were finally defeated by Penn State 28-17. Clemson finished the year going 15-1 and the #2 ranking in the final poll.

2020 season

Following the 2019 season, Clemson once again began to rebuild, this time with hopes of staying a dangerous team. Marquise Reed had been drafted #8 overall in the 2020 draft and many assumed Clemson would have a sharp decline because of the loss of Reed. Clemson struggled with their OOC slate, but once ACC play began the Tigers had figured it out. Going 7-1 in-conference and 10-3 overall, Clemson vastly outperformed expectations and may have made the playoffs had they not lost their first game against South Carolina in 6 years. This loss demoralized the Tiger offense, which could not score against UVA in the ACCCG the following week, falling 14-7. Clemson still earned an Orange Bowl berth and won 26-20 over Notre Dame.

2021 season

The 2021 season was the deeper part of Clemson's 2-year rebuild plan, and it showed. The Tigers immediately struggled with losses to SMU and Auburn to open the year. Clemson recovered with a big win over Louisville, but the whole year it seemed every game was up for grabs. A late surge propelled the Tigers to an 8-5 record and an upset win over #18 South Carolina, as well as a thrilling 31-30 comeback win over Oklahoma in the Orlando Bowl. The Tigers had a prolific recruiting year, at least in terms of big-name players, signing #1 WR Theo Chamberlain, 5.0 CB Darius Banjo, and 5/5 JuCo QB Akiem Williams III.


All-time record vs. ACC opponents

This is Clemson Tigers football record against current Atlantic Coast Conference opponents through the 2021 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Boston College 9 5 4 0 .556 176 199 2013 2021 W3
Duke 1 0 1 0 .000 23 42 2021 2021 L1
Florida State 9 4 5 0 .444 150 236 2013 2021 W3
Georgia Tech 7 4 3 0 .571 183 150 2014 2021 W4
Louisville 8 6 2 0 .750 220 113 2014 2021 W1
Miami 1 0 1 0 .000 7 31 2013 2013 L1
NC State 9 6 3 0 .667 221 168 2013 2021 W3
North Carolina 1 0 1 0 .000 17 28 2013 2013 L1
Pittsburgh 2 2 0 0 1.000 62 40 2019 2019 W2
Syracuse 9 8 1 0 .889 276 179 2013 2021 W8
Virginia 1 0 1 0 .000 7 14 2020 2020 L1
Virginia Tech 1 1 0 0 1.000 28 20 2020 2020 W1
Wake Forest 9 6 3 0 .667 222 145 2013 2021 L1
13 Opponents 67 42 25 0 .627 1,616 1365 9 Seasons

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses
Clemson Tigers
radmanflex 2013 ACC 4 8 - -
2014 3 5 - -
Emperor of Orange 3 1
2015 11 2 Won Weis Markets Bowl vs Vanderbilt (27-7) 14
2016 9 4 Won Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl vs Kansas State (24-10) -
2017 7 6 Lost Mile High Bowl vs Utah (L 17-42) -
2018 10 3 Won Music City Bowl vs LSU (31-10) 17
2019 15 1 Won Playoff Round 1 vs Nevada (37-10), Won Playoff Round 2 vs Alabama (W 20-16), Lost NCG vs Penn State (17-28) 2
2020 10 4 Won Orange Bowl vs Notre Dame (26-20) -
2021 8 5 Won Orlando Bowl vs Oklahoma (31-30) -
Total 80 39

Bowl History

Clemson has gone to 9 bowls including playoff games, going 7-2.

Season Bowl Coach Opponent Result
2015 Weis Markets Bowl Emperor of Orange Vanderbilt W 27-7
2016 Heart of Dallas Bowl Emperor of Orange Kansas State W 24-10
2017 Mile High Bowl Emperor of Orange Utah L 17-42
2018 Music City Bowl Emperor of Orange LSU W 31-10
2019 Playoffs Round 1 Emperor of Orange Nevada W 37-10
2019 Playoffs Round 2 Emperor of Orange Alabama W 20-16
2019 CFBHC NCG Emperor of Orange Penn State L 17-28
2020 Orange Bowl Emperor of Orange Notre Dame W 26-20
2021 Orlando Bowl Emperor of Orange LSU W 31-30
Games: 9 Wins: 7 Losses: 2 Ties: 0

History and Awards

Head Coaches

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct Cnf. Record Pct Cnf. Titles Bowls Nat. Titles
radmanflex 2013-2014 2 7-13 .350 1-10 .091 0 0 0
Emperor of Orange 2014-Present 8 73-26 .737 41-15 .732 1 9 0

Individual Award Winners

Players

Marquise Reed - 2019 CFBHC Season
Marquise Reed - 2019 CFBHC Season

Coaches

Emperor of Orange - 2019 CFBHC Season

All-Americans

  • 2019
Marquise Reed

All-ACC Players

  • 2020
Glenn Thorpe
Marcus Brown
Marquise Holliday
  • 2019
Marquise Holliday
  • 2017
Scottie Ware

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