8 year, 73–26 (.737)
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|All-time record||80–39–0 (.672)|
|Postseason bowl record||5–1 (.833)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Orange and Regalia
|Fight song||"Tiger Rag"|
|Mascot||8 Ball the Tiger|
The Clemson Tigers is a CFBHC team, playing in the Atlantic Division of the ACC, beginning in the 2013 season.
- 1 History
- 2 All-time record vs. ACC opponents
- 3 Season-by-Season Records
- 4 Bowl History
- 5 History and Awards
- 6 External Links
Radmanflex era (2013-2014)
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|13 Opponents||67||42||25||0||.627||1,616||1365||9 Seasons|
|Coach(es)||Year||Conference||Record||Bowl||Final CP Ranking|
|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)||-|
Clemson has gone to 9 bowls including playoff games, going 7-2.
History and Awards
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct||Cnf. Record||Pct||Cnf. Titles||Bowls||Nat. Titles|
|Emperor of Orange||2014-Present||8||73-26||.737||41-15||.732||1||9||0|
Individual Award Winners