Some future out of conference opponents Clemson should consider scheduling
With the announcement that Clemson and Georgia will play a neutral site game in Charlotte to open the 2021 season, Clemson AD Dan Radokovich has locked down the out of conference schedule through the 2037 season. Between now and then, the Tigers will have matchups with Notre Dame, LSU, and Oklahoma, as well as the Dawgs.
Games are now being scheduled more than fifteen years in advance, so it probably won’t be all that long before more are announced. With that in mind, here are three games that the Clemson fanbase could be intrigued by.
Florida: It has been almost sixty years since Clemson and Florida faced off on the gridiron. They’ve only met 13 times ever, and the last time these two teams played was 1961, a 21-17 Florida win.
Outside of Vanderbilt, the Tigers have had games with every other SEC East team at least once in the last 25 years, and let’s be real, Vanderbilt doesn’t count. A Clemson and Florida matchup is one that is long overdue, and one the fanbases would absolutely be up for, especially a home and home series.
Oregon: Clemson and Oregon have never met, and a home and home with Oregon is an interesting matchup to think about. In the more than 100 year history of Clemson Football, the Tigers have only played three Pac 12 teams, and two of those came in bowl games. Clemson is 1-2 in those games, with the win coming against Stanford in the 1986 Gator Bowl, and the two losses coming to Cal, 37-13 in the 1992 Citrus Bowl and to USC 30-0 (the real one) in 1966.
Autzen Stadium isn’t one of the bigger venues in the country, but it has garnered a reputation for having an electric atmosphere. Eugene would be one of those bucket list type of road trips, despite being on the opposite side of the country.
Michigan: Another team the Tigers have never faced, Michigan is considered one of college footballs “bluebloods.” That in and of itself is enough to make this a blockbuster affair.
Who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to the Big House? Knocking off the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, in front of more than 107K rabid Michigan fans, would be pretty sweet.
Ohio State has provided the Tigers with some practice on how to take down B1G teams in recent years, and the only thing that would be better than owning the Buckeyes, would be owning them and Michigan both.