Tigers set to battle the Citadel on Sept. 19th in Death Valley

Since the ACC announced the league would move to a 10-game league schedule with one non-conference game for the 2020 season, the looming question has been who the title-contending Tigers would play.

While many had hoped that might be South Carolina, the day following the ACC’s announcement, the SEC elected to play a conference-only schedule this fall. The official slate of games for 2020 were released on Tuesday and provides an overall yawn fest in week one.

Clemson announced earlier today it had finalized plans with The Citadel. The Bulldogs were on the Tigers’ original schedule and frankly, it makes a lot of sense. It rounds out the schedule with a in-state team who had already expressed interest in coming to Death Valley to play the Tigers. Reasonable travel for the Bulldogs, they’ll abide by the ACC’s safety protocols and all in all it is just a good deal for both sides considering the circumstances.

Per the official news release from clemsontigers.com:

The contest gives Clemson six home games at Memorial Stadium in 2020. Clemson has hosted at least six home games in each of the last 20 seasons, dating to the 2000 campaign. Clemson has hosted an in-state FCS opponent every year since 2007 as part of its current scheduling philosophy.

“We are extremely excited that we were able to keep The Citadel on our schedule for 2020, as annually hosting an FCS opponent from the state of South Carolina remains a key point of our scheduling philosophy,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We are grateful to both the ACC and The Citadel for their interest and hard work in preserving this non-conference game for our student-athletes, the Clemson community and the state of South Carolina.”

The game will be Clemson’s home opener after the team opens the season on the road at Wake Forest on Sept. 12. Both Clemson and The Citadel will adhere to competition testing protocols set forth by the ACC Medical Advisory Group.

The contest will be the 39th all-time between the two programs, dating to Clemson’s 17-0 win against The Citadel in the teams’ first meeting in 1909. Clemson has won each of the last 17 meetings, including most recently a 61-3 win in 2017, as part of the Tigers’ 32-5-1 edge in the all-time series.