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Game Day is coming to The Station

NCAA Football: Furman at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

What You Need To Know:

  • #2 Clemson opened the 2018 season with a 48-7 victory over FCS opponent, Furman.
  • Clemson’s remaining non-conference foes include Georgia Southern and in-state rival, South Carolina.
  • Clemson plays in the ACC and is in the Atlantic Division.
  • Clemson Univeristy was founded in 1889 as a land-grant university located in Clemson, South Carolina.

Betting Lines:

  • Lines opened with Clemson as a -13.5 point favorite. The lines quickly moved to Clemson at -11.0.
  • Clemson is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road; while A&M is 4-1-1 ATS it its last 6 games at home.

Historical Notes:

  • Texas A&M leads the all-time series with Clemson 3-1.
  • Clemson holds scoreboard when Clemson knocked off the Aggies 25-24 in 2005 at Death Valley.
  • In Clemson’s two previous trips to College Station, the Tigers have only managed 6 total points; all coming in 2004.
  • Clemson does not have a live tiger, but has The Tiger, a costumed tiger mascot. The Tiger was named to CBSSports.com top 10 scariest mascots list in 2014.
  • Famous alumni include Nikki Haley, fellow Houston Texans Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, and William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Leave more in the comments

Tigers to Watch:

The Clemson Defensive Line

The four starters (Clelin Ferrell - DE, Austin Bryant - DE, Christian Wilkins - DT, Dexter Lawrence - DT) were voted to the ACC pre-season All Conference First Team. All four will be playing on Sunday. Clemson will look to control the line of scrimmage and keep Trayveon Williams from breaking loose.

The QBs

Coach Dabo Swinney plans on playing both quarterbacks, Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence, in the game this Saturday. Bryant got the actual start, but the freshman Trevor Lawrence played the entire second quarter against Furman. Look for Bryant to get the start, but expect Trevor to come in and sling the ball around. Just one more thing for Jimbo to prepare for.

Media Blitz:

  • Venue: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
  • Game Time: 6:00 pm CT
  • Channel: ESPN

Newsreel:

Weather:

  • The forecast is currently calling for scattered thunderstorms with temps in the high 80s and dipping into the mid 70s
  • There is a tropical storm currently in the Gulf that is expected to hit Louisiana by Wednesday. Expect the wet weather to hang around through the weekend.