Though the 2020 Clemson football season is still six months away from kickoff, it’s clear that the Tigers will play a weird schedule this year.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Clemson football schedule, you can see that there will be some strange aspects to the Tigers’ season.
The Clemson football team will be looking to get back to the CFB Playoff for a sixth-straight year and avenge a loss in the National Championship game in the process.
To do so, they’ll have to overcome some changes to the ‘norm’ when it comes to the usual. What do I mean? Here’s a look at some of the weird aspects of the 2020 Clemson football schedule.
- A road opener
The Clemson football team will open up on the road on a Thursday night against Georgia Tech. This will be the second year in a row that the Tigers open up on a Thursday night, but the strangeness of playing that first game away from Death Valley will certainly be prevalent.
Clemson hasn’t opened up away from Death Valley since 2016 when the Tigers traveled to auburn for the season-opener. Of course, Clemson went on to win the National Championship that year.
- ACC opponents right out of the gate
Clemson will only play one non-conference game in the month of September. Typically, the Tigers play two- sometimes three- non-conference tilts in the opening month, but this year will feature ACC opponents right out of the gate.
Clemson will play Georgia Tech, Louisville and Virginia all in the opening month of the season. The lone non-conference game will be Akron.
- An out-of-conference November
Because Clemson opens up with all these ACC opponents, the Tigers will be nearly done with their ACC schedule before even hitting the month of November, actually before the last week of October.
Clemson will play four games in the month of November- Notre Dame, The Citadel, Wake Forest and South Carolina- and only one will be a conference game [@ Wake].
- Clemson will only play 10 Saturday games
The Tigers won’t just have a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech on the road to open the season. Just four weeks later, Clemson will have another road tilt against Boston College, this time on a Friday night.
With the Tigers playing these two week-night games, they will only play football on 10 Saturdays during the regular season of College Football.
That means Clemson football fans won’t be able to watch the Tigers on three Saturdays during the season when you include the bye week.