Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 1/28/13
College football is full of great traditions. Many of these traditions are familiar to even the most casual of fans. Notre Dame's "Play Like a Champion Today" sign and Ohio State's dotting of the "I" are among the most commonly known traditions. Others tend to fly under the radar a bit. While we may all be pretty familiar with Howard's Rock at Clemson (if you are not here is a quick piece by the always enjoyable Tim Hyland about it), you may be unaware of another cool tradition the Tigers maintain. The Graveyard. The Graveyard is a cemetery in which tombstones for fallen ranked opponents are placed near the football practice facility. While it seems strange to know that Clemson is singling out road victories against ranked opponents as opposed to home victories against ranked opponents (after all, Clemson plays in Death Valley), the tradition is still a cool reminder to great moments in Clemson's football history. The newest addition to The Graveyard was recently added. Following Clemson's dramatic 25-24 victory against SEC power LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Tigers added the LSU Tigers to their collection of victims. LSU becomes the third SEC school to be added to the graveyard. The most recent SEC tally before LSU was rival South Carolina in 2005. South Carolina's tombstone stands out from the mix because it is a black tombstone with orange lettering. It is given special treatment because of the rivalry between the two South Carolina schools. Georgia is actually in the graveyard twice (1977 and 1986). Here is the complete listing of schools appearing in Clemson's graveyard, according to Clemson Athletics. Date Opponent Score Opponent Rank November 13, 1948 Wake Forest 21-14 19 October 28, 1950 Wake Forest 13-12 17 January 1, 1951 Miami 15-14 15 September 19, 1959 North Carolina 20-18 12 September 17, 1977 Georgia 7-6 17 November 18. 1978 Maryland 28-24 11 November 8, 1981 North Carolina 10-8 8 November 13, 1982 Maryland 24-22 18 November 5, 1983 North Carolina 16-3 10 September 20, 1986 Georgia 31-28 14 September 9, 1989 Florida State 34-23 16 October 10, 1992 Virginia 29-28 10 November 5, 1994 North Carolina 28-17 19 November 9, 1996 Virginia 24-16 15 September 13, 1997 N.C. State 19-17 25 September 29, 2001 Georgia Tech 47-44 9 November 6, 2004 Miami 24-17 10 November 19, 2005 South Carolina 13-9 19 September 16, 2006 Florida State 27-20 9 December 31, 2012 LSU 25-24 7 Will Clemson be able to add any more tombstones to the graveyard in 2013? That remains to be seen. Clemson's road schedule is not the most difficult in conference play (Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia and NC State) but South Carolina at the end of the regular season could be a good one once again. The Gamecocks have dominated the series recently but if Clemson is rolling maybe this could be the year for another black tombstone.   Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com and host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Google+and Facebook. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter and Facebook.
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