Instant Analysis: Clemson’s 2020 schedule is unveiled

The Clemson football team will open up the 2020 season on a Thursday night yet again against Georgia Tech. Here’s our initial thoughts.

The 2020 Clemson football schedule was released Wednesday morning with a few surprises and interesting turns.

The Tigers will open up the season with a road trip to Georgia Tech on a Thursday night for a game that will absolutely be featured on the ACC Network.

Clemson will then play three homes games- Louisville, Akron and Virginia- before going on the road to Boston College on a Friday night and then following that up with a road trip to Florida State. Clemson will then play NC State and Syracuse at home before the bye week.

The Tigers will close out the 2020 season with a road trip to Notre Dame, followed by a home tilt with The Citadel, a final road contest against Wake Forest and the annual closer against in-state rival South Carolina in Clemson.

Here’s a look at the schedule with dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: @ Georgia Tech
  • Saturday, Sept. 12: vs. Louisville
  • Saturday, Sept. 19: vs. Akron
  • Saturday, Sept. 26: vs. Virginia
  • Friday, Oct. 2: @ Boston College
  • Saturday, Oct. 10: @ Florida State
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: vs. NC State
  • Saturday, Oct. 24: vs. Syracuse
  • BYE WEEK
  • Saturday, Nov. 7: @ Notre Dame
  • Saturday, Nov. 14: vs. The Citadel
  • Saturday, Nov. 21: @ Wake Forest
  • Saturday, Nov. 28: vs. South Carolina

Initial Thoughts:

This will be the first time in quite a while that we’ll see Clemson football open up the season with a road game instead of at home, and it’ll be the second year in a row that the Tigers open up with Georgia Tech on a Thursday night.

I don’t necessarily like the fact that Clemson plays a Thursday night game and then a Friday game just a few weeks later against Boston College- both on the road- but it’s just a part of the everchanging landscape of College Football.

The bye week will come after Clemson has played eight games, but it will be before the road game against Notre Dame, which could be the toughest match-up of the season right at the beginning of November. Getting that bye week- on Halloween nonetheless- will give the Tigers a clear jump into ‘Championship Phase.’

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Overall, there’s no reason to believe that Clemson can’t go undefeated on this schedule. The Tigers will need to take it one game at a time, though, and remain focused throughout the entire season.

We’ll dig further into the schedule over the next few months, but overall this seems to be an exciting slate of games that Clemson football fans are likely already ready to see.

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