Found December 04, 2012 on
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Clemson's next two games are against SEC powers. Next up for the Tigers is LSU in the Georgia Dome and then to open 2013 the Dawgs will take on Clemson in Death Valley.
If the Clemson Tigers want to be considered as one college football’s elite programs, then head coach Dabo Swinney is a lucky man. After absorbing a fourth straight loss to arch rival and up-and-coming SEC power South Carolina – Clemson’s next two games come against perennial SEC bullies LSU and Georgia.
If you’re coach Swinney and the fourteenth-ranked Tigers – what more could you ask for?
The next two games are crucial for the long-term direction of Swinney’s program. Both opponents are SEC powers. Both are ranked in the Top Ten. Both games will be televised nationally. One opponent is a long-hated rival, and the other claims ownership of the things that make up the heart and soul of Clemson football. One game is a highly anticipated bowl being hosted in the Capital of the South. The other game will kick off the 2013 season.
Can you say “respect?” And “recruiting?”
Clemson has had success bringing in top talent in recent years – but the program’s national prestige took a major hit during last year’s epic beat down at the hands of West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Wins against two of the premier programs in the SEC would go along way toward restoring that prestige – and luring additional blue chip recruits to Tigertown.
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