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February 27, 2012

2012 Clemson Football Schedule & quick note from our Sports Bloggess

Today the ACC (finally) announced the 2012 football schedule, and Clemson fans can finally plan their Fall. What do you think of the schedule? Which games are you most looking forward to?

Clemson 2012 Football Schedule

Date                                Opponent
Sept. 1 ----------------- #Auburn
Sept. 8 ----------------- BALL STATE
Sept. 15 ---------------- FURMAN
Sept. 22 ---------------- at Florida State
Sept. 29 ---------------- at Boston College
Oct. 6 ------------------ GEORGIA TECH
Oct. 13 ----------------- Open Date
Oct. 20 ----------------- VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 25 ----------------- at Wake Forest
Nov. 3 ------------------ at Duke
Nov. 10 ----------------- MARYLAND
Nov. 17 ----------------- NC STATE
Nov. 24 ----------------- SOUTH CAROLINA

# - Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Read more details about the schedule on clemsontigers.com.

And here's a quick note from our amazing Clemson Sports Bloggess, Nikki Steele:

Great expectations often lead to even greater disappointment.

And, even two months can’t heal the pain for some.

Fresh off of a systematic dismantling of the Virginia Tech Hokies in Charlotte’s ACC Championship Game and a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers went to work preparing for their final opponent of the season- the West Virginia Mountaineers.

If you listened to the national pundits, you got the feeling that the January 4th matchup between two potent offenses may come down to which defense made a stop in the final minutes of the game. It was Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, and Sammy Watkins against West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Tevon Austin, and Steadman Bailey.

The first quarter of the Discover Orange Bowl went about as expected and then a freak play where the ball was stripped from Ellington’s hands as he appeared to cross the goal line changed the course for the rest of the night and into the early morning as the Tigers seemingly couldn’t do anything right while everything was going right for the Mountaineers as West Virginia went on to the 70-33 victory.

On that chilly Miami night, the Clemson “Shock the World Tour” ended with a shocked Clemson football team and an angry fan base.

But, let’s rewind to a year before- New Year’s Eve in Charlotte, NC where an upset Dabo Swinney and his team just lost the Meineke Car Care Bowl to South Florida after a valiant effort by Boyd and tight end Brandon Ford came up short.

Swinney promised to do everything in his power to right the ship and he followed that promise with the hiring of offensive coordinator Chad Morris who turned a stagnant offense into one of the most powerful offenses in the country.

This year, however, Swinney made the same promise, but it would involve firing a long-time friend and one of the first guys that he hired after becoming the head coach- defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Now, fast forward to a national coaching search and long-time Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables is wearing the color that he hates most- orange. Venables promised to bring in a simple system where Clemson defenders would play tough, physical, and disciplined defense.

Can seven months, a top-ten recruiting class, and a new defensive coordinator cure the ills of Tiger Nation and do orange-clad fans dare get their hopes up for what might be in 2012?

I guess only time will tell and September is just around the corner.

Post written by Clemson Girl sports blogger Nikki Steele.

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