Clemson’s 2018 football schedule was released by the ACC on Wednesday. The Tigers do not have to play on a Thursday or a Friday this year.
The Tigers will open the season vs. Furman on Sept. 1, and then will turn around and travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M and new Aggies’ head coach Jimbo Fisher on Sept. 8.
It will be Clemson’s first trip to Texas A&M since 2004 when the Aggies defeated the Tigers, 27-6. Clemson won the last meeting 25-24 at Death Valley on a last second field goal by Jad Dean.
Clemson will return home the following week to play Georgia Southern on Sept. 15 for its third non-conference game.
The Tigers will conclude the non-conference part of the schedule on Nov. 24 against rival South Carolina in Death Valley.
Clemson plays eight bowl teams who finished with winning records in 2017.
The schedule is unusual in that Clemson will not have consecutive home games until the last two games of the season, the first time that has happened since 1986 when the Tigers had just five home games. The schedule alternates home and away games for the first 11 games of the season, a first in school history.
From Sept. 22-Nov. 17 Clemson will play eight straight ACC games. The tough stretch of the schedule will come from Oct. 20-Nov. 3 when the Tigers host NC State on Oct. 20, travel to Florida State on Oct. 27 and then host Louisville on Nov. 4.
Clemson will play road games at Texas A&M, at Wake Forest, at Boston College, at Georgia Tech and at Florida State this year.
The Tigers, who have won the last three ACC Championships, will host ACC Atlantic Division foes Louisville, NC State and Syracuse and will host Coastal Division foe Duke as well.
Three of Clemson’s four games in November will be at home and the month begins against Louisville on November 3. The Tigers have defeated Louisville all four years the Cardinals have been in the ACC, but three of the wins have been by a touchdown or less.
Clemson’s final ACC road game will be at Boston College on November 10. It will be Clemson’s latest trip to Boston on the calendar since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. Clemson has won seven straight over the Eagles.
Swinney’s Tigers conclude their ACC slate on November 17 with a home game against Duke, the first meeting between the two schools since 2012, and Duke’s first trip to Death Valley since 2008 when Swinney was the interim coach. Duke has not won at Clemson since 1980.
The regular season schedule concludes on November 24 when South Carolina comes to Clemson. The Tigers have won the annual state rivalry game four consecutive years.
Here is the 2018 Clemson football schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Furman
Sept. 8 at Texas A&M
Sept. 15 vs. Georgia Southern
Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 29 vs Syracuse
Oct. 6 at Wake Forest
Oct. 13 Open
Oct. 20 vs. NC State
Oct. 27 at Florida State
Nov. 3 vs. Louisville
Nov. 10 at Boston College
Nov. 17 vs. Duke
Nov. 24 vs. South Carolina
Dec. 1 ACC Championship (Charlotte)