5 Reasons Why Clemson Football Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

5 Reasons Why Clemson Fans Should Be Excited

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The 2013 college football season was a good one for the Clemson Tigers. Clemson finished 11-2 and ended the season with an Orange Bowl win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Tigers have their sights set on accomplishing more in 2014. Even with playmakers Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant now in the NFL there are still plenty of reasons for Clemson fans to be excited for the 2014 season. Here are five of those reasons.

5. Opening Game Against Georgia Bulldogs

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5. Opening Game Against Georgia Bulldogs

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Last season these two teams clashed in Week 1 and it was all kinds of entertaining, with the Tigers winning 38-35 at home. This year the No. 16 Tigers will take on the No. 12 Bulldogs on the road on Aug. 30. Both teams are sans their QBs from last season, but this should be one heck of a game. It will be a great test for both teams to see where they are at, even if it won’t have any bearing on either team’s conference title chances.

4. Game Against South Carolina Gamecocks

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4. Game Against South Carolina Gamecocks

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On Nov. 29, the Tigers will take on the Gamecocks at home in Death Valley. Clemson leads the series 65-42-4, but the Gamecocks have won five straight contests against the Tigers. Head coach Dabo Swinney has accomplished a lot while at Clemson, but he has not yet beaten South Carolina. You can bet the stadium will be rocking on Nov. 29 when the Tigers try to get some revenge for the past five seasons.

3. Game Against Florida State Seminoles

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3. Game Against Florida State Seminoles

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No Clemson fan wants to remember Oct. 19, 2013. After starting the season 6-0, the Tigers and their fans were psyched to welcome FSU to Death Valley. With the Tigers and Seminoles both in the same division, the game would essentially decide which team would go to the ACC Championship game. From the opening snap, Clemson was never in it and they lost 51-14. They get another crack at FSU on Sept. 20 on the road where some payback may be served.

2. Trying to Win the ACC

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2. Trying to Win the ACC

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Clemson and FSU are the two best teams in the ACC, but they are both in the Atlantic division so they can’t meet in the ACC championship game. In all probability the division will be decided when the two teams meet in Tallahassee on Sept. 20. Clemson won the ACC in 2011 by beating Coastal division winner Va. Tech. 38-10, but Florida State has won the last two ACC titles. Clemson and their fans are excited for another shot at an ACC title.

1. Tigers Have a Shot at Getting in the Four-Team Playoff

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1. Tigers Have a Shot at Getting in the Four-Team Playoff

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Starting this season the BCS is no more. Now a 13-member panel will release their top 25 rankings each week, beginning Oct. 28. At the end of the season the top four teams in that ranking will compete in a playoff to decide the national champion. The Tigers are ranked No. 16 going into the season, and with four preseason top 25 teams on their schedule— UGA (12), FSU (1), UNC (23) and S. Car (9) —they are looking to come roaring into that playoff.