January 26, 2016

2016 Clemson Football Schedule

Clemson Athletics announced the 2016 Clemson football schedule today. 5 away games and 7 home games; including a Friday night game vs. Boston College in October. Which games are you definitely going to? Which games are you most excited about?

Also, the Orange & White Spring game date was announced for Saturday, April 9 at 2:30pm ET, and Fan Day will be on Sunday, August 21.

View more details on clemsontigers.com.

January 11, 2016

Game Prediction - Clemson vs. Alabama in the National Championship


This is it. It’s the big one. You know, the one for all of the marbles. It’s the biggest game of the year. The one that if you’re a college football player, coach or fan you always wish your team would be playing in.

It’s Clemson and Alabama.

It’s the College Football Playoff National Championship. But the 2015 squad will strap it on one more time, but this time it’s for the right to be called the champions of college football.

WHAT: NO. 1 CLEMSON VS NO. 2 ALABAMA
WHERE: UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM – GLENDALE, AZ
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY, 11, 2016
TIME: 8:30 P.M. EST/ 6:30 P.M. MST
TV: ESPN FAMILY OF NETWORKS

WHEN ALABAMA HAS THE BALL

Alabama’s offense begins and ends with Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who has carried the ball 359 times for 2,061 yards – a 5.7 yards per carry clip – and 25 touchdowns. Henry averages 147.2 yards per game on the ground. Stopping Henry will be the key for Clemson’s defenders Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Carlos Watkins, Ben Boulware and B.J. Goodson. How many resources will Brent Venables have to put into stopping Henry? Can the front seven get the job done?

At quarterback, Alabama has Florida State transfer Jake Coker. The senior signal caller has played in all 14 games and has completed 247-of-368 passes for 2,775 yards and 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions. His leading target is freshman speedster Calvin Ridley who has 83 receptions for 1,031 yards and seven scores. Michigan State couldn’t contain Ridley, and the job this week will be Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander. ArDarius Stewart has four touchdowns and 61 receptions for 6,37 yards.

WHEN CLEMSON HAS THE BALL

Alabama’s defense is heralded as one of the greatest units ever assembled in college football, especially the front seven led by A’Shawn Robinson and Reggie Ragland, but the good news for Clemson is that the Tide don’t face an offense that as multiple as the Tigers or one that runs with as much tempo. They also haven’t seen a quarterback quite like No. 4, Deshaun Watson.

Even when it’s not working, Clemson will need to stick with the running game, especially runs outside of the tackles. The Tigers haven’t run as many jet sweeps or as much orbit motion this season with Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott at the helm, but you may see more of that Monday night in order to get Bama’s big, physical defense running sideline to sideline instead of right up the gut. If Clemson can have any success running the ball whether it with Wayne Gallman or Deshaun Watson, it will force Bama to devote another player to stopping the run and should allow a Hunter Renfrow, Jordan Leggett, Germone Hopper, Artavis Scott or Charone Peake to get free over the top.

SPECIAL TEAMS

This is the one area that Alabama has the clear advantage, especially with dangerous return man Cyrus Jones, who has returned 41 punts for a total of 518 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per return with a 57-yard return against Michigan State, a 69-yard touchdown at Mississippi State and 43- and 72-yard returns against Charleston Southern. The four returns for a touchdown is a single season Alabama record. Kenyan Drake isn’t quite as dangerous on kickoff returns, but is still averaging over 22 yards per return. Field goal kicker Adam Griffith is 22-of-30 this season with a long of 55 yards, and punter JK Scott is averaging over 44 yards per punt.

While Clemson doesn’t return the ball well, kickoffs, punts field goals and extra points were solid last week against Oklahoma. With Ammon Lakip gone, walk-on Greg Huegel handles everything but punts. He was solid against Oklahoma, only missing one field goal – a 47-yarder – and booting most of kickoffs into the endzone. Punter Andy Teasdall will need to have a solid night and give the coverage unit plenty of time to get down the field to try and corral Jones.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN

There’s a lot riding on this game for both teams, but after spending the last three days around the players and coaches, it seems as if all of the pressure is on Alabama. Clemson’s players were loose and are treating this game just like any other, and that will work in their favor come game time. Clemson matches up well with Alabama. The Tide will want to run the ball with Derrick Henry, but Clemson’s defense has been great at stopping the run all season. The Tigers will force Jake Coker to throw the ball and into some bad situations. Offensively, Clemson will do just enough in the run game to keep Alabama’s defense honest, and Deshaun Watson will find his touch on the deep throws to Germone Hopper and Artavis Scott.

This game will be won in the trenches and in the fourth quarter. Which team can hold up for 60 minutes?

FINAL SCORE: CLEMSON 28 – ALABAMA 20


Post written by Clemson Girl Sports Bloggess Nikki Hood

January 7, 2016

10 things to pack in your National Championship gameday bag

On Monday we posted 10 things Clemson Girls needed to know about the University of Phoenix stadium if you're headed to Arizona and have game tickets for the National Championship game. One of the things we learned and shared was the bag policy for the stadium. The only bags allowed in the stadium are clear bags, no larger than 12"x6"x12", or small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5"x6.5".

If you're like me, I could not survive a long gameday, an away game for that matter, with just a 4.5"x6.5" clutch. Not.going.to.happen.

I purchased this not so attractive clear bag that meets the stadium guidelines to carry with me on gameday and into the stadium for the National Championship game.


In addition to the obvious items I normally carry in my purse (i.e cell phone, makeup, game tickets, etc.), here are some tips for items to be sure to pack in your gameday bag for the National Championship game...

1. Bring cash. It's just easier to purchase game programs, concessions, t-shirts, etc. at the game with cash. Not all vendors will take cards, and sometimes there are special lines for cash only that are shorter and move faster. And speaking of cash, more importantly, bring the traditional Clemson stamped two dollar bills! A longstanding tradition to show the city hosting Clemson for an away game that Clemson fans travel and the impact we have on their local economy. You can get $2 at most local banks. Learn more about the Clemson $2 bill.


2. Bring your cold weather accessories. When I think of Arizona, I think - warm desert heat. There will be no heat next Monday in Glendale. Have you seen the forecast? Brrr!

The roof of the stadium will be closed for the game, so you won't have the open air breeze to keep a chill in the air. However, early in the day and after the game, it's going to be COLD. Make sure you pack your cold weather layers - keep in your gameday bag and have them ready when you need them. The blanket scarf trend really comes in handy - wear it as a scarf, wear it as a wrap... wear it as a blanket! Stay warm Clemson Girls!

Orange Pashmina
Purple Sweater Blanket Scarf

3. Lotion, eye-drops, and lip balm...oh my! If you live in the Southeast, you are used to 100% humidity year-round. If you have traveled out West, you know that it's much dryer - much, much dryer. Whenever I'm out West, because I'm so used to the humidity, I'm always impacted by the dry air - chapped lips, dry skin, dry eyes. So I always pack a moisturizing hand lotion, eye drops, and lots and lots of chapstick!


4. Medicines. Do not let a pesky headache or an annoying stomach ache ruin your National Championship gameday! Keep a pain reliever and stomach medicine on hand just in case.


5. Antibacterial Spray or Hand Wipes. Keep germs away and pack a travel antibacterial spray or hand wipes. From the port-a-potties while tailgating, to the crowded restaurants, to the stadium bathrooms - trust me... you will be glad to have these germ-fighting items.


6. Portable phone charger. If you do not have one of these new nifty tools, now is the time to get one. Portable mobile phone chargers are a lifesaver. You won't have outlets handy on gameday, and it will be a looong day. Don't miss out on texting "Go Tigers! We just won the National Championship game!" to your friends at home because your phone is dead.

Clemson Portable Phone Charger

7. Sharpie Marker. The National Championship game is a big event. The face that Clemson is going is also a big event (for Clemson fans, alums, past players, etc.). You never know who you might run into at a local bar, at the concession stand, or at a fan event (Eric Church, is that you?). Former Clemson football greats will be at the Fan Central event signing autographs also. Make sure you have that marker handy, just in case, to get a signature on your Clemson gameday shirt... they could even sign your clear, plastic gameday bag. :)

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8. Plastic bags or mesh bags. In addition to the gameday bag rule we discussed on Monday, we also shared that each and every fan will go through a standard security screening process before entering the stadium. Security will be looking in and around your bag... asking you to open makeup bags and anything that might have additional items in it. Skip the lengthy security process and make your life (and your security screener's life) much easier by using plastic bags or mesh see-through bags for smaller items - makeup, medicines, etc. The security screener can easily see what's in the bag and wave you through, versus having to unzip the bag, rifle though it, etc.

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Orange mesh cosmetic bags

9. One bottle of water. You are allowed to take in "one factory-sealed, non-frozen 500mL (16.9 fl. oz.) plain bottle of water (sports drinks and flavored water not permitted)" into the stadium. Grab a free bottle at your hotel or at a quickie mart on the way to the game. I guarantee that bottle of water will be much cheaper than the bottles of water sold inside the stadium. Take advantage and bring your allowed bottle of water.

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10. Clemson Koozie. Always, always carry a Clemson koozie with you. Of course it always comes in handy when you need it to keep your beverage cold while tailgating, but you can also use it as a temporary case to protect your sunglasses, or stick other items in it to make them easier to find (keys, charge cords, chapstick, etc.) -- a koozie is always a good idea! I always have my favorite Clemson Girl koozie with me of course!

Clemson Girl Koozie

What other items do you plan on packing in your gameday bag for the National Championship game?
Share your ideas and tips in the comments below.

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