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The Clemson Tigers are accustomed to winning at home, and there's little reason to believe that won't continue in their 2012 opener at Death Valley.
The 12th-ranked Tigers meet Ball State on Saturday for the first time in a decade.
Clemson surrendered an average of 25.7 points per game while going 7-0 at Death Valley last season, the first time in 21 years the Tigers finished a season unbeaten at home. However, they were lit up for 70 points in an Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia, prompting a change in defensive coordinators with Kevin Steele dismissed and Brent Venables brought in from Oklahoma.
Everything clicked on both sides of the ball for Clemson (1-0) in last Saturday's 26-19 win over Auburn at the Georgia Dome.
"There's a lot of room for improvement. We've got to be a lot more consistent," Venables said even though Clemson surrendered just one touchdown and 374 total yards. "We can't give up big plays and leave guys uncovered. But ...
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One of Clemson's top players was actually baptized on the field after a recent team practice. We have the full photo to prove it.
The Clemson Tigers won a thrilling game against rival Auburn on Saturday, but for one member of the coaching staff, that wasn't even the highlight of his week.
Instead, that honor went to a moment after the team's practice on Thursday, when wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was baptized in front of his teammates and coaches.
Jeff Scott, Clemson's wide receivers coach, took...
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris liked just about everything he saw from his Tigers in their first game. He expects to see much more as the season goes on.
Morris, the second-year assistant, said No. 14 Clemson's 26-19 victory over Auburn this past Saturday night was nothing more than a strong start to a long season that continues this week with the team's home...
Analysis: Clemson vs. AuburnFor Clemson games this season, instead of making you read paragraphs of game summary, let’s try ‘message board’ literature. I might mix it up depending on the game, but here’s what I thought about Clemson-Auburn Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.
First, to read my preview of the game click here.
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Here we go:
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Clemson running back Andre Ellington and center Dalton Freeman headline a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football
Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Tuesday.
CLEMSON - Tyler Shatley helped pave the way for a 320-yard rushing performance by the Clemson running backs on Saturday night.
CLEMSON - Wednesday truly is a hump day for D.J. Reader, who’s splitting time between football and baseball.
CLEMSON - Dalton Freeman, Tajh Boyd and David Beasley enjoyed the Georgia Dome, but agree there's nothing like home.
CLEMSON - Xavier Brewer clears the air on the big plays by Auburn, Chad Morris breaks down the individuals along offensive line and more.
CLEMSON - There won’t be any finger pointing by Tajh Boyd. But if you’re a Clemson fan, chances are you’ve already taken care of that.
CLEMSON - Following practice on Wednesday night, Dabo Swinney announced that Gifford Timothy will not be available for the Ball State game.