RALEIGH, N.C. — It’s Game Day at Carter-Finley Stadium where No. 4 Clemson battles No. 20 NC State in a critical ACC Atlantic Division showdown as the Tigers look to keep their championship run alive.
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
2017 Record: Clemson 7-1, NC State 6-2
ACC/SEC Record: Clemson 5-1, NC State 4-0
Series History: Clemson leads 56-28-1
Last Meeting: Clemson won 24-17 (OT) in 2016 at Death Valley
Clemson vs. NC State Series Notes
•Overall, Clemson has a 56-28-1 lead in the series against NC State, ncluding
a 20-16 lead in Raleigh and a 15-9 lead in games played in Carter Finley Stadium. Clemson has a 25-11 lead in games at Clemson, including a 21-11 lead in games in Death Valley.
•Clemson has won the last five games of the series and 12 of the last 13. The Tigers have won the last seven games in Memorial Stadium, including last year’s 24-17 overtime win at Clemson. The Tigers have won the last
two in Raleigh.
*The series dates to 1899 when Clemson was victorious 24-0 in a game layed
in Rock Hill, SC. That was just the fourth year of Clemson football and the 16th game in the school’s history.
• Ten of the last 20 games have been decided by eight points or less, ncluding
2010 when Clemson won 14-13 in Death Valley against the Pack and quarterback Russell Wilson.
Thirteen Tigers from Tar Heel State
Clemson has 13 players on its roster from the Tar Heel State. Five of the 13 are starters (Tyrone Crowder, Dexter Lawrence, Tanner Muse, Sean Pollard and Van Smith). Crowder is a two-time All-ACCoffensive guard and Lawrence was second-team All-ACC defensive tackle last year.
High Scoring Clemson vs. NC State Games
Clemson and NC State have played a couple of high scoring games in recent years. In the history of Clemson football, Clemson has been involved in a game where at least 97 points were scored just seven times, but two of them have been Clemson vs. NC State games within the last five years.
Clemson defeated the Pack 62-48 on November 17, 2012 at Clemson and the 110 points in that game rank second in Clemson history. Then, in 2015 the two teams combined for 97 points in the 56-41 Clemson won. That is tied for the sixth highest scoring game in Clemson history.
Swinney 21-2 vs. ACC Schools from Tar Heel State
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney has a 21-2 record against ACC teams from the Tar Heel State. That includes a 7-1 record against NC State. Swinney is 11-0 at home, 9-2 on the road and 1-0 at neutral site against ACC teams from the Tar Heel State. Swinney’s only losses to ACC teams from North Carolina are at North Carolina in 2010 (21-16) and at NC State in 2011 (37-13). He has won 14 games in a row against ACC teams from North Carolina. In eight of those 14 the Tigers have scored at least 40 points and 12 of the 14 scored at least 33.
Clemson Ranked Fourth in Strength of Schedule by Sagarin
According to the Sagarin rankings, Clemson is the sixth best team in college football through games of October 28. The Tigers also have the No. 4 strength of schedule. Clemson is the only team in the top 10 that also has a top 10 schedule. The slate does not get any easier with NC State the opponent this coming weekend. Florida State has played the top schedule in the nation according to Sagarin, while Maryland is second. The Tigers have the No. 12 schedule in the nation according to the NCAA rankings, which take into account the cumulative won loss record of your opponents when not
playing you. Clemson had the No. 1 schedule strength according to the
NCAA last year.
Swinney Tied with Ford
With the Tigers 24-10 win over Georgia Tech, Dabo Swinney is now tied for second in Clemson history and tied for fifth in ACC history in career coaching victories. Remarkably, Ford and Swinney both have the same won loss record. The only difference is Ford had four ties. Swinney is 96-29 and Ford finished his Clemson career 96-29-4. Ford will be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame this year and was honored for that accomplishment at Clemson on October 28, the day that Swinney matched his win total.
What is just as amazing is that Frank Howard had 96 wins in his time at Clemson as an ACC Coach. Howard coached Clemson from 1940-69 and won 165 games, but he won 96 from 1953-69 as an ACC Coach. So Ford, Swinney and Howard all have 96 wins at the moment as ACC Coaches. All three are Alabama graduates.
On a percentage basis, Swinney is second in ACC history in winning percentage with a .768 mark off a 96-29-0 record. Jimbo Fisher is first at .784 percent as he is 80-22 for his 102 games as Florida State head coach.
Robert – Clemson 35 NC State 24
Will – Clemson 31 NC State 10
Gavin – Clemson 24 NC State 14