ESPN: Clemson ‘Owns The SEC’

first_imgClemson players going at it with South Carolina players.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: The Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks get into a scuffle after a play during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson football has plenty of experience against SEC competition. Obviously, the Tigers famously find themselves facing off against Alabama just about every post-season at this point, and have the annual Palmetto Bowl end of season rivalry with South Carolina.Those aren’t the only teams that the Tigers have faced from the league, though. Clemson often schedules series against Georgia, last playing in 2013-14.Those two powers will face off again in 2024 in Atlanta, and have a four game home-and-home series set for 2029-30 and 2032-33. They’ve played 64 times, and while Georgia has a big record edge (42-18-4), obviously Clemson is currently peaking as a program.This year, Clemson finishes a home-and-home against Texas A&M, hosting the Aggies after a hard fought win at Kyle Field last season. In 2025-26, the Tigers face the other powerhouse Tigers that call Death Valley, home, LSU.In a new article naming college football’s “schedule superlatives,” ESPN‘s Chris Low says that Clemson “owns the SEC.”With the two national title wins over Alabama and recent dominance of the South Carolina rivalry, it is hard to dispute.For the second straight season, Clemson has two nonconference games against SEC foes — Texas A&M at home and South Carolina on the road. Dabo Swinney is 13-5 against SEC teams since the start of the 2012 season, which includes five wins over South Carolina, three wins over Auburn, two wins over Alabama and wins over Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M.SEC fans aren’t going to be super keen on it, but since Swinney’s program kicked it into high gear earlier in the decade, Clemson plays as well as any SEC powerhouse.[ESPN]last_img read more