No one actually has a crystal ball to foretell the future. While it would be nice, it’s not happening.
In lieu of tarot cards, Ouija boards or reading tea leaves, I will rely on the Tigers’ past season and what we know as of right now to offer my breakdown of the prospect for the 2022 season.
2022 Clemson Football Schedule:
(Home games BOLDED; all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted)
- Sept. 5 (Monday): at Georgia Tech (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- Sept. 10: vs. FURMAN
- Sept. 17: vs. LOUISIANA TECH
- Sept. 24: at Wake Forest
- Oct. 1: vs. NC STATE
- Oct. 8: at Boston College
- Oct. 15: at Florida State
- Oct. 22: vs. SYRACUSE
- Oct. 29: Open Date
- Nov. 5: at Notre Dame
- Nov. 12: vs. LOUISVILLE
- Nov. 19: vs. MIAMI (FLA.)
- Nov. 26: vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
Over the next week, I will be looking in-depth at two games from the 2022 schedule per day. Even though I have my allegiances, I will try to remain as objective as humanly possible. There will be several, self-imposed ground rules, when presenting my thoughts.
I won’t speculate on the what if’s regarding this team, I will write under the assumption that the best players will play at each position for Dabo Swinney’s Tigers to maximize their opportunities.
For instance, I won’t waste time writing about if and when DJ Uiagalelei might be pulled for Cade Klubnik. I can’t say how well Will Putnam will acclimate to his new position at center. If either of them falter, I will assume there will be someone that rises up to fill the voids.
There’s no way, sitting here in April, anyone can predict injuries. I won’t dare jinx this team by even mentioning them further. I’ll assume a few occurrences but not those decimating, apocalyptic numbers from 2021. My focus will be from a casual and reasonable point of view.
Clemson has seven home games and a neutral site season opener in Atlanta. Meeting Georgia Tech in the beautiful surroundings of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
One Monday night game but no Thursday or Friday night games in Boston or Syracuse. Then, Swinney’s Tigers with finish out the season with three straight home games. Ending the regular season against the Beamer and Rattler experiment, while looking to extend the winning streak to a series record eight consecutive victories against the Gamecocks.
This schedule, in and of itself, bodes well for Clemson. As I begin tomorrow, please let me know your thoughts. It will make for some interesting conversations in the journey through this dreaded dark territory.
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