Third-ranked Clemson visits Georgia Tech today to kick off the ACC part of the schedule. The game is set to kick at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
The Tigers have not won at Georgia Tech since 2003, losing five straight in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets have won the last two in Atlanta against nationally ranked Clemson teams. The Tigers were ranked No. 6 in 2011 and were 8-0, but fell 31-17. In 2014, Clemson was ranked No. 18 and lost 28-6. That was Clemson’s last regular-season loss, and has won 17 straight since.
About Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets come into tonight’s game with a 3-0 record. Last week, Tech held Vanderbilt to 275 yards, while gaining 511 in a 38-7 victory. This is the fourth time in the last six seasons the Yellow Jackets have opened the season 3-0.
Georgia Tech’s offense: The Yellow Jackets are led by quarterback Justin Thomas, who has completed 19 of 38 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions this year. He also leads the team with 169 rushing yards. He has one touchdown and his longest run is 31 yards. Running back Dedrick Mills scored three touchdowns against Vandy and has scored four already this season. Running back Clinton Lynch caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Thomas in the Vandy win.
Georgia Tech’s defense: For the first time since 2001, the Yellow Jackets held their first three opponents to 14 points or less. Tech ranks seventh nationally in points allowed at 10.3 points per game. Linebacker P.J. Davis leads the team with 20 tackles. The Yellow Jackets have just four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
Records: Clemson 3-0, 0-0 ACC; Georgia Tech 3-0, 1-0 ACC
Series record: Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 51-28-2
First meeting: Clemson won 23-0 in 1898
Last meeting: Clemson won 43-24 in 2014
Last Georgia Tech win: 28-6 in 2014
At Georgia Tech: Tech leads 44-13-2
Last Clemson win at Tech: 39-3 in 2003.
Stat worth noting: Clemson is 3-4 in ACC openers under Dabo Swinney. Tonight’s game will mark the fifth straight year Clemson has opened the ACC season on the road. Clemson also opened the 2009 ACC schedule at Georgia Tech. The Tigers are 2-3 in those five road games to open the ACC season. Clemson has opened ACC play just twice in Death Valley under Swinney (2010 vs. Miami; and 2011 vs. Florida State).
Second stat worth noting: Tonight marks the first time in the 82-year history of the series that Clemson and Georgia Tech both enter the game undefeated after playing a minimum of three games.
Third stat worth noting: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is 49-15 vs. ACC competition. He has a winning record against 11 of the 13 ACC teams he has faced with the exception of Florida State and Georgia Tech. Of his 15 defeats, 10 have come from Florida State and Georgia Tech. Swinney is looking to become just the eighth coach in ACC history to win 50 conference games. Former Clemson head coach Frank Howard is fourth on the list with 66 wins.