Tigers win their 17th ACC Championship, 23 third overall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Back in the late 1970s and ‘80s there were signs that read, ACC: Another Clemson Championship.
Winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship is considered a birth right for Clemson fans, and it has been ever since Clemson helped start the league back in the spring of 1953. Thanks to the Tigers’ 38-3 victory over Miami on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Clemson has now won 17 ACC Championships, more than any other ACC school.
From 1956, the year the Tigers won their first ACC Champion, to 1991, Clemson won 13 conference titles, way more than any other school. After a 20-year hiatus, ended by the 2011 team’s ACC Championship, the Tigers have finally grabbed back control of the conference it once owned.
The Tigers, who are now off to the College Football Playoff for a third straight year, has won three straight ACC Championships for the first time since the 1986-’88 era, which also won three straight years. Clemson also won three straight ACC Championships from 1965-’67.
Saturday’s win was also the Tigers’ fourth conference championship under head coach Dabo Swinney, that ranks third behind Frank Howard’s six and Danny Ford’s five.
Clemson has 23 conference championships overall, also the most of any current ACC school. Duke is actually second with 18. The Blue Devils won 11 Southern Conference titles and owns seven ACC titles.
The Tigers won the 1900, 1902 and 1903 SIAA Conference championship under John Heisman, then 1906 SIAA title under Bob Williams, and won the 1940 and 1948 Southern Conference titles under Frank Howard. Howard won eight conference titles overall, two in the Southern Conference and six in the ACC.