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Clemson adds Florida Atlantic to future football schedule

The Clemson Insider confirmed on Friday the Clemson football team will play Florida Atlantic in 2023, filling its non-conference part of the schedule for that season.

The Tigers will host the Owls on Sept. 16 of that year. They are also scheduled to open the season against Wofford on Sept. 2 and will play at South Carolina on Nov. 25 as they always do to close out the regular season.

Notre Dame is also on the schedule and will come to Tigertown, but the ACC will announce that date at a later date.

According to Football Schedules.com Clemson will pay Florida Atlantic a guaranteed $1.2 million. They obtained the contract from Clemson University via a public records request. They reported the contract was set in March of 2015.

In the only meeting between the two programs, the Tigers beat FAU, 54-6, in Death Valley back in 2006, highlighted by a long punt return from former Clemson star Jacoby Ford. Coincidentally, that game was also played on Sept. 2.

The Clemson Insider also confirmed Clemson still has not found a non-conference opponent for the 2020 season and two for the 2021 season.

If you recall from a story TCI reported last year, the 2021 season is the bigger issue of the two years because the Tigers have to play at South Carolina that season which means Clemson would like to bring in a Power 5 non-conference opponent as it has done in years past when it plays at South Carolina, keeping true to having seven home games, which plays a big role in Clemson’s overall athletic budget and the local economy.

The problem is Clemson cannot find a series with a Power 5 non-conference opponent who is willing to come to Clemson in 2021 and then Clemson return the favor in 2024 or 2026. The ACC has Clemson playing at Notre Dame in 2020, along with South Carolina coming to Death Valley, and then the Irish returning the favor and coming to Clemson in 2022.

In 2020, Clemson is already scheduled to host Akron (Sept. 19), South Carolina (Nov. 28) and at Notre Dame (TBA). In 2021, Clemson is so far scheduled to host Wyoming (Sept. 25) and will play at South Carolina (Nov.27).

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