Three months before Clemson’s season opener, the kickoff times for the Tigers first three games have been released.
As previously announced, the Tigers will open the season in Durham against the Duke Blue Devils at 8:00pm on ESPN. It will be the only game on Labor Day, Monday September 4th. It is the second year in a row that the Tigers will command the attention of the college football world on Labor Day.
The Tigers’ week 2 contest against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers will have a unique 2:15pm kickoff. The game will be played on ACCN. The funky game time will allow TV viewers to flip over to the 3:30 games with about an hour left. In week 2, that includes Texas A&M at Miami. It also allows those with a drive home from Clemson of an hour or two to make it home in time for the night games. The big game that night is Texas at Alabama.
In week 3, the Tigers will be back on ACCN for the nightcap at 8:00pm vs. FAU. In year’s past, Clemson was a near lock for noon games, but with the ACCN the Tigers now find themselves playing night games for non-Power Five opponents like the Florida Atlantic Owls from the Conference USA.
Tell us how you feel about the announced kickoff times! Is a 2:15pm kickoff the perfect time? What do you think of night games for non-Power Five opponents?