The ACC released the 2020 college football schedule on Wednesday morning, which allows us to see the full Clemson football schedule in all its glory. Here she is:
- Thursday, Sep. 3 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Saturday, Sep. 12 Louisville Cardinals
- Saturday, Sep. 19 Akron Zips
- Saturday, Sep. 26 Virginia Cavaliers
- Friday, Oct. 2 at Boston College Eagles
- Saturday, Oct. 10 at Florida State Seminoles
- Saturday, Oct. 17 NC State Wolfpack
- Saturday, Oct. 24 Syracuse Orange
- Saturday, Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
- Saturday, Nov. 7 at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Saturday, Nov. 14 The Citadel Bulldogs
- Saturday, Nov. 21 at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Saturday, Nov. 28 South Carolina Gamecocks
Saturday, Apr. 4 Spring Game
My initial reaction to the schedule was elation. There are several great things about this schedule that are good for Clemson and their fans.
First, and most importantly, there are no weekday home games. All home games will be played on Saturdays. There are two week day road games though, but both come at rather good times.
The Tigers kick off the year at Georgia Tech on Thursday. not only does that mean we have two fewer days until Clemson football, but it means we don’t start at noon in the blistering heat. It also means we have a free Saturday to watch most of the week 1 action, which will include FSU vs. WVU, USC vs. Alabama, Michigan at Washington, and several other good ones. On top of that, for those who want to use the Labor Day holiday to take a vacation, you don’t have a Clemson home game holding you back.
The other weekday game is at Boston College on a Friday. It is a long trek for which to have a short week, but Boston College is expected to be rebuilding under new Head Coach Jeff Haffley. What a short week here affords the Tigers is an extra day to prep for Florida State the following Saturday. That’s a great trade-off.
Finally and most importantly, Clemson’s bye week comes right before their only major test of the regular season - the November 7th road trip at Notre Dame. Notre Dame will host Duke that Saturday. Barring a loss in Green Bay to Wisconsin, the Fighting Irish should be undefeated for what will likely be one of the most highly anticipated games of the college football season.
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