Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney believes the Tigers will have another challenging schedule in 2012.
“This is a challenging schedule with two non-conference games against very good SEC teams and the eight ACC games. We are the only ACC school to play two games against SEC teams and two of our division cross over games are with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, who won 19 games between them last year,” said Swinney.
Dabo was pleased with the October 13 open date.
“I like where the open date falls because it is virtually in the middle of the season. It will be a difficult finish, but all three of those games are at home,” said Swinney.
Clemson has approved a home Thursday night game, but instead will travel to Wake Forest on October 25 after playing Virginia Tech on October 20.
“Our administration approved us to have a home Thursday night game, but it did not happen this year. We have to play Wake Forest on a Thursday night on four days rest, but they will be in the same situation,” said Swinney.
The first ACC game could be the biggest of the season for the Tigers.
“We play Florida State very early in the season, our first ACC game in fact. That will be an early season test for sure,” said Swinney.