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College Football Bowl Season ends tonight with National Championship Game, #3 Clemson vs. #1 LSU (Orange Tigers game notes)

 

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2020 College Football Playoff

Semifinals Championship
December 28 – Peach BowlMercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta
1 LSU 63
4 Oklahoma 28 January 13 – National ChampionshipMercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans
1 LSU
December 28 – Fiesta BowlState Farm StadiumGlendale 3 Clemson
2 Ohio State 23
3 Clemson 29

 

Clemson Tigers

14-0 overall

ACC

Dabo Swinney, head coach

AP Poll 3 Coaches Poll 3 College Football Playoff Poll 3

TO GET TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Trevor Lawrence connected with Travis Etienne with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter to give No. 3 Clemson the lead and Nolan Turner intercepted Justin Fields in the endzone with 37 seconds remaining, as the Tigers (14-0) erased a 16-point first half deficit to defeat No. 2 Ohio State 29-23 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in the College Football Playoff on Saturday night, December 28, 2019.

Clemson heads to New Orleans, La. for a chance at its third College Football Playoff National Championship in four years. The Tigers face No. 1 LSU on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN. It is Clemson’s fourth national championship game appearance in five years.

The win extended Clemson’s nation’s-best 29-game winning streak. The Tigers trailed 16-0 in the first half before two touchdowns in the second quarter cut into the Buckeye lead to 16-14. Clemson scored a touchdown in the third quarter to take a 21-16 lead into the fourth quarter.

Lawrence completed 18-33 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore ran for a career-high 107 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the longest rush of his career. Lawrence also threw a touchdown pass in his 24th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the nation.

CLEMSON IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS HISTORY

Clemson defeated Virginia in the ACC Championship Game on December 7, and received a bid to the Fiesta Bowl with the release of final CFP rankings on December 8. On December 28, the Tigers defeated Ohio State in the CFP semifinal Fiesta Bowl, 29–23. Clemson also enters the championship game with a 14–0 record (8–0 in conference). The Tigers’ most recent loss was to Alabama in the CFP semifinal Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2018. Including national championship contests, this is Clemson’s ninth overall CFP game; they have a 6–2 record in prior CFP games, and are the defending champions, having defeated Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship.

GAME PREVIEW

The Clemson Tigers will attempt to earn their second straight title and their third championship in four years on Monday, Jan. 13, when they face the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 8 p.m. ET. Another Clemson championship would be Clemson’s fourth football title in school history, joining the 1981, 2016 and 2018 squads. Clemson enters the contest coming off of a thrilling semifinal performance in which the Tigers overcame a 16-0 first-half deficit to earn a 29-23 victory against No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The victory was Clemson’s fifth-largest comeback in school history, the second-largest under Head Coach Dabo Swinney and its largest in postseason play. Ohio State outgained Clemson by 99 yards, snapping a streak of 28 consecutive games in which Clemson had outgained its opponent. The 28-game streak was Clemson’s longest on record, far surpassing a 16-game streak across the 1959-60 seasons. The victory was Clemson’s first in a game in which it was outgained since 2017 in a 38-31 victory against NC State in which Clemson was outgained by 76 yards. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence led the way, accounting for 259 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in addition to posting team and career highs in rushing attempts (16) and rushing yards (107). The victory improved Lawrence to 25-0 in his career as a starter. A victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship would be his 26th consecutive win to open his career, which would match Florida State’s Jameis Winston (26 in 2013-14) for the most consecutive victories to start a career by a starting quarterback in ACC history. While the quarterback led Clemson in rushing, it was running back Travis Etienne that led the Tigers in receiving yards, recording three catches for 98 yards and two receiving touchdowns, including the 34-yard gamewinner with 1:49 remaining in the game. The upcoming game in Louisiana against LSU could bear witness to one of the state’s native sons becoming the most prolific running back in Clemson history. Etienne, a native of Jennings, La., enters the contest with 3,960 career rushing yards, seven shy of breaking the school record of 3,966 set by Raymond Priester from 1994-97. Etienne is only 40 rushing yards away from becoming the ninth 4,000-yard rusher in ACC history.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK – Clemson attempting to win its fourth football national championship in school history, joining the 1981, 2016 and 2018 squads. – Clemson attempting to become the first repeat national champions in the College Football Playoff era.

- Clemson attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back national championships since Alabama in 2011-12. – Clemson attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back national championships with a perfect record since 1994-95, when Nebraska won championships with records of 13-0 and 12-0 respectively. The only other schools to do so in the AP Poll era were Oklahoma (1955- 56), Army (1944-45) and Minnesota (1940-41). – Clemson attempting to become the third team in the NCAA’s list of consensus national champions since 1950 to win three national championships in four years, joining 2009-12 Alabama and 1994-97 Nebraska. Clemson would be the fourth team in the AP Poll era (since 1936) to do so, a list that also includes 1946-49 Notre Dame. – Clemson attempting to become the first school to win four national titles as members of the ACC. Pitt, Miami and Georgia Tech have won at least four national championships, but all of Pitt and Miami’s titles predated the schools joining the ACC, as did three of Georgia Tech’s four titles. – Clemson attempting to become the first team to win three national championships in the College Football Playoff era. – Clemson attempting to become only the third team since 2000 to win a national championship after entering the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. Clemson would be the 12th team to accomplish the feat since 1950 (1951 Tennessee, 1952 Michigan State, 1956 Oklahoma, 1974 Oklahoma, 1975 Oklahoma, 1978 Alabama, 1985 Oklahoma, 1993 Florida State, 1999 Florida State, 2004 USC and 2017 Alabama). – Clemson attempting to earn a victory against the AP No. 1 team for the third time in school history to tie for the 14th-most wins against a top-ranked team in the poll’s history. Both of Clemson’s previous wins against the AP No. 1 came in College Football Playoff National Championships against Alabama (2016 and 2018). – Clemson attempting to defeat the top two teams in the AP Poll in consecutive games for the second time in four seasons, joining the 2016 season in which Clemson defeated No. 2-ranked (but third-seeded) Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl before beating an undefeated No. 1 seed out of the SEC West in the National Championship Game. – Two undefeated teams playing each other for the fourth time in College Football Playoff history. Clemson has been involved in — and won — all three previous matchups, including games last year in which 13-0 Clemson faced 12-0 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and 14-0 Clemson faced 14-0 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship, as well as 13-0 Clemson’s win against 13-0 Ohio State in this year’s Fiesta Bowl. – Clemson playing the latest game in a season in school history. Previously, the latest Clemson had played in school history was on Jan. 11, 2016, in the College Football Playoff to conclude the 2015 season. Clemson also played the earliest game in school history this year, opening the season against Georgia Tech on Aug. 29, and the 137 elapsed days from the season opener to the season finale will represent the longest season in Clemson history. – Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to join College Football Hall of Famers Amos Alonzo Stagg (Chicago, 1896 and 1899) and George Woodruff (Penn, 1892 and 1897) as the only coaches in major college football history with multiple 15-win seasons to their credit. Swinney would become the first coach in major college football history to win 15 games in back-to-back seasons. – Clemson attempting to finish its seventh undefeated season (1900, 1906, 1948, 1950, 1981, 2018) and fifth perfect season (1900, 1948, 1981, 2018) in school history. – Clemson entering the game as the No. 3 seed behind top-seeded LSU. Lower-ranked seeds are 5-0 all-time in the College Football Playoff National Championship, including victories by No. 4 Ohio State (vs. No. 2 Oregon) in 2014, No. 2 Alabama (vs. No. 1 Clemson) in 2015, No. 2 Clemson (vs. No. 1 Alabama) in 2016, No. 4 Alabama (vs. No. 3 Georgia) in 2017 and No. 2 Clemson (vs. No. 1 Alabama) in 2018. – The No. 1 or No. 3 seed earning the College Football Playoff National Championship for the first time in the Playoff era. All five previous championships in the CFP era have been captured by the No. 2 (three times) or No. 4 (twice) seeds. – Clemson attempting to improve to 7-2 all-time in College Football Playoff games. Clemson’s seven alltime wins in the playoff would pass Alabama (six) for the most in CFP history. No school other than Clemson and Alabama has more than two. – Clemson attempting to win its fourth consecutive College Football Playoff game to break the longest CFP winning streak all-time (three by Alabama, twice, 2015- 16 and 2017-18, ended each time by Clemson). – Clemson attempting to improve to 26-20 all-time in bowl contests. – Clemson attempting to win a fourth consecutive bowl game to produce the third bowl winning streak of four games or more in program history (five from 1986-90, four from 2012-15). – Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to push his bowl record to 11-5 to tie Bobby Bowden (11-7) for the most bowl victories as an ACC coach. Bowden was 21-10- 1 all-time in bowls (with one vacated win), with Florida State being part of the ACC’s membership for the final 18 of those contests. – Clemson attempting to improve to 3-1 all-time in College Football Playoff National Championships. This will be Clemson’s first College Football Playoff National Championship Game against an opponent other than Alabama (2015, 2016 and 2018 seasons). – Clemson attempting to earn its first win in the state of Louisiana since 1981. Clemson is 3-8 alltime in Louisiana (and 3-7 in New Orleans), with all three victories coming in road regular season games against Tulane (1938, 1945 and 1981). A win would be Clemson’s first bowl win in Louisiana, as the Tigers are 0-3 in the state in postseason play all-time in two Sugar Bowl appearances and one Independence Bowl appearance. – Clemson attempting to even its all-time record against LSU at 2-2. – Clemson entering the game 10-1 against SEC competition since 2016, including a 6-1 record against SEC West squads in that span. – Clemson seeking its sixth consecutive victory against an SEC opponent, dating to the start of the 2018 season. A sixth consecutive victory against an SEC team would represent Clemson’s longest winning streak against SEC foes all-time. – Clemson attempting to improve to 23-0 against undefeated opponents since the start of the 2015 season.

- Clemson attempting to win its 13th game all-time against a team that entered the game with 10 or more wins. One of the 12 previous victories came in Clemson’s most recent meeting with LSU, a 25-24 win in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl against the 10-2 Bayou Bengals. – Clemson tying a school and FBS modern era record with 15 wins this season, matching the 15 by Clemson’s 2018 squad. – The 2019 Clemson seniors attempting to win their 56th game to pass the 2018 Clemson and Alabama seniors for sole possession of the most victories in a four-year span in FBS history. – Clemson attempting to win its 30th consecutive game, dating to the start of the 2018 season, to take sole possession of the longest winning streak in ACC history by surpassing the 29 consecutive wins posted by the 2012-14 Florida State Seminoles. – Clemson attempting to post a 30-game winning streak to match the 1968-70 Texas Longhorns for the 11th-longest streak in FBS history. It would represent the first NCAA-recognized 30-game streak by an FBS team since Miami’s 34-game streak across the 2000- 03 seasons. (Note: USC won 34 consecutive games from 2003-05, but the NCAA does not recognize the streak after 14 of the victories were vacated.) – Clemson (29) attempting to add to the longest winning streak in school history in any sport. The next closest streaks in the history of Clemson Athletics were 26-game/match streaks posted by baseball (1977) and men’s tennis (1968-70). – Clemson attempting to improve its record in night games since 2015 to 33-3. – Clemson entering the game as the only team in the country with 12 wins against Power Five opponents this season. Clemson’s 2018 team was the only team since 2000 to earn 13 wins against Power Five teams (including Notre Dame), a feat Clemson’s 2019 team can match with another win. – Clemson entering the game with a 33.8-point scoring margin this season, 1.5 points shy of the school record established in John Heisman’s first season at Clemson in 1900 (+35.3). – Clemson attempting to earn its 23rd victory in its last 25 games against top-25 teams since the start of the 2015 season. Clemson is presently 10-2 against AP Top 10 opponents since 2015, including victories in seven of the last eight games against AP Top 10 teams. – Clemson entering the game 10-1 against teams in the final College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings since 2017. During Clemson’s run of five consecutive seasons with a College Football Playoff berth, Clemson is 21-2 against teams in the final CFP Top 25 rankings.

- Clemson attempting to win its sixth consecutive neutral site contest to push Clemson to 10-1 at neutral sites since 2016. – Clemson seeking its 40th victory in its last 43 games away from home. – Clemson attempting to win its eighth game away from home this season to tie school records set by the 2016 and 2018 squads. – Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to improve to 18-6 in games played in NFL stadiums. – Clemson attempting to record 600 yards of offense for a sixth time to add to its current single-season school record for 600-yard games (five). Clemson’s five 600-yard games are the most by an ACC team in a season since 2000. – Clemson (two) needing one more 400-yard rushing game in 2019 to break the school record for 400-yard rushing games in a season (two each by the 1950, 1992 and 2018 squads). – Clemson (four) rushing for 300 yards in a fifth game this season to tie the school record for 300-yard rushing games in a single season (five each in 1950, 1978 and 2018). – Clemson attempting to rush for multiple touchdowns in a 16th consecutive game for the first time in school history. The current 15-game streak is tied with the 2016-17 seasons for the longest in school annals. – Clemson attempting to win the turnover margin in 10 consecutive games for the first time under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson’s current nine-game streak is tied with 2017 Miami for the longest streak in the ACC over the last 15 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info. – Clemson attempting to win the turnover margin for a 12th time this season, adding to the most such games in a season under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. – Clemson sporting a plus-16 margin in turnovers this season, tied with the 1950 team for the seventh-best mark in school history. – Clemson entering the contest with 30 takeaways on the season, tied with the 2009 and 2013 squads for the most under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson has not exceeded 30 takeaways in a season since posting 34 in 1990. – Clemson attempting to produce a takeaway for a 10th consecutive game and for the 18th time in 19 games, dating to 2018. – Clemson attempting to pick off multiple passes in three straight games for the first time since games 11-13 of the 2017 season. – Clemson entering the game with 19 interceptions on the year. Two more interceptions would move the 2019 squad into a tie for fifth-most in school history and tie the 2009 squad for the most under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. – Clemson entering the game having turned the ball over zero times in six out of its last seven games. A fourth consecutive turnover-free game would be a first for Clemson under Dabo Swinney. Clemson’s six games with zero giveaways this season are a school record, surpassing the five turnover-free games in 1988, 1994, 2007 and 2018. – Clemson entering the game with 14 turnovers lost on the season, the seventh-fewest in a season in school history and two fewer than the 2017 squad (16) for the fewest under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson’s 1.00 giveaways-per-game average is the third-lowest in school history behind the 1940 (0.88) and 2007 (0.92) teams. – Clemson entering the game with three defensive touchdowns in 2019. A fourth defensive touchdown this season would represent Clemson’s second time in three years scoring four defensive touchdowns in a season (four in 2017). – Clemson attempting to exceed 6.0 yards per play for a 10th game in a row, which would be Clemson’s longest streak on record. – Clemson (634) needing 30 points to tie or 31 points to break the school record for points in a season, set by the 2018 squad (664). – Clemson (85) entering the game five touchdowns shy of the school record for touchdowns in a single season (90 in 2018). – Clemson (40) entering the game five passing touchdowns shy of the single-season team record (45 in 2016). – Clemson (7,537) chasing the 2016 team (No. 3; 7,552), 2015 team (No. 2; 7,718) and 2018 team (No. 1; 7,908) for the most yards in a season in school history. Clemson is 371 yards away from tying or 372 yards from breaking the school single-season total yardage mark. – Clemson (4,091) needing 409 passing yards to produce the second 4,500-yard passing season in school history (5,009 in 2016). Clemson’s 2019 total currently ranks sixth in school history but can move into second with 283 yards in the finale. – Clemson (3,446) needing 24 rushing yards to pass the 1978 team (3,469) for the second-most in a season. Clemson is 277 yards shy of matching the team record set last season (3,723). – Clemson (6.41) entering the game within striking distance of the school record for yards per carry (6.55 in 2018). – Clemson (370) sitting 23 first downs shy of tying for second place in school history in total first downs (393 in 2015). The 2019 squad is 33 first downs shy of the school record of 403 from 2016. – Running back Travis Etienne, who holds ACC career records for rushing touchdowns (55) and total touchdowns (61), entering the game as the Football Bowl Subdivision’s active career leader in each category. – Etienne (55) needing five more rushing touchdowns to become only the 12th player in FBS history to record 60 career rushing touchdowns, a mark reached only by Navy’s Keenan Reynolds (88), Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (77), Miami (Ohio)’s Travis Prentice (73), Texas’ Ricky Williams (72), Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon (72), Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary (66), Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (64), Texas’ Cedric Benson (64), Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (63), San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (62) and Oregon’s Royce Freeman (60). – Etienne (366) entering the game as the highestscoring non-kicker (and 10th-highest scorer among all players) in ACC history. – Etienne (366) needing 14 points to pass placekicker Greg Huegel (379 from 2015-18) for second on Clemson’s career scoring leaderboard including kickers. – Etienne (3,960) needing seven rushing yards to pass Raymond Priester (3,966) for Clemson’s all-time record for career rushing yards. – Etienne (3,960) needing 40 rushing yards to become the first 4,000-yard career rusher in Clemson history. He would join NC State’s Ted Brown, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence, Maryland’s LaMont Jordan, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Georgia Tech’s Robert Lavette, Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay and Boston College’s AJ Dillon to become only the ninth 4,000-yard rusher in ACC history. – Etienne attempting to reach 200 rushing yards in a game for the fourth time in his career to add to his school record for career 200-yard rushing games. He would become the first Clemson player with three 200-yard rushing games in a single season. – Etienne (17) needing another 100-yard rushing game to pass Wayne Gallman (17 from 2014-16) for the school record for career 100-yard rushing games. – Etienne (eight) attempting to post a ninth 100-yard rushing game this season to tie Gallman’s single-season school record (nine in 2015). – Etienne attempting to rush for a touchdown in a ninth straight game to tie the school record shared by Lester Brown (1978), Terry Allen (1988-89) and James Davis (2005-06). – Etienne (1,536) entering the game 122 rushing yards away from matching his school record of 1,658, set last season. – Etienne (18) needing only two more rushing touchdowns this season to become the first player in ACC history to record multiple seasons of 20 or more rushing touchdowns in a career. Etienne (24 in 2018) is presently one of only four players in league history with a 20-touchdown rushing season to his credit, including Pitt’s James Conner (26 in 2014), Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams (21 in 2009) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (21 in 2016). – Etienne (22) sitting four touchdowns of any kind shy of his school-record 2018 campaign when he scored 26 total touchdowns. – Etienne (4,978) needing 22 all-purpose yards to join C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins as the only players in school history to produce 5,000 career all-purpose yards. Etienne is 151 yards shy of tying Watkins (5,129) for second in career all-purpose yardage. – Etienne (four) attempting to add to his singleseason career high in touchdown receptions. A fifth touchdown reception on the year would be the most by a Clemson running back since Travis Zachery caught five touchdowns in 2000. – Wide receiver Tee Higgins (27) needing one touchdown reception to take sole possession of the school career record, breaking a tie he presently holds with DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins (27 each). – Higgins (2,396) chasing No. 8 Artavis Scott (2,480), No. 7 Rod Gardner (2,498) and No. 6 Perry Tuttle (2,534) on Clemson’s career receiving yardage list. – Higgins (1,115) entering the game 104 receiving yards shy of tying Sammy Watkins (1,219 in 2011) for fourth in a season in school annals. Higgins needs only 85 receiving yards to post the fifth 1,200-yard receiving season in school history. – Higgins (13) needing five more receiving touchdowns to tie the single-season school record set by DeAndre Hopkins in 2012 (18). – Higgins (132) needing six more catches to move into the Top 15 in school history in career receptions. – Quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempting to improve his record as a starter to 26-0. With a win, he would become the first FBS quarterback in the modern era to win 15 games as a starter in a single season and break the Clemson record of 14 set by Deshaun Watson in both 2015 and 2016. – Lawrence attempting to throw a touchdown pass in a 25th consecutive game. His current 24-game streak is the longest active streak in the country. (Note: UCF’s McKenzie Milton had a 24-game streak prior to suffering an injury in November 2018 that precluded him from playing in 2019). – Lawrence entering the game with 66 career passing touchdowns, the most through a sophomore season in ACC history. With his second passing touchdown of the semifinal in the Fiesta Bowl, he broke the ACC record held by Jameis Winston across his first two seasons at Florida State (65). – Lawrence (36) needing one passing touchdown to pass Tajh Boyd (36 in 2012) for sole possession for second on the school leaderboard for touchdown passes in a single season. Deshaun Watson holds the singleseason Clemson record with 41 in 2016. – Lawrence entering the game responsible for 44 touchdowns this season (36 passing, eight rushing), tied for the sixth-most in a season in ACC history. Deshaun Watson holds the Clemson single-season record with 50 in 2016, the second-most in a season in ACC records. – Lawrence (3,431) needing 69 passing yards to post only the seventh 3,500-yard passing season in school history. – Lawrence (3,945) needing only 55 combined rushing and passing yards to post the sixth 4,000-yard season of total offense in school history. He would be only the third Clemson quarterback to do so, joining Deshaun Watson (twice, 2015-16) and Tajh Boyd (three times, 2011-13). – Lawrence (seven) attempting to join Tajh Boyd (18), Deshaun Watson (13) and Charlie Whitehurst (eight) as the only players in school history to record at least eight career 300-yard passing games. His next 300-yard game would tie him with Whitehurst for third in school history. – Lawrence entering the contest having thrown 202 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, already Clemson’s single-season and multi-season record. It is presently tied for the ninth-longest streak in ACC history. – Safety Tanner Muse (four) needing two more interceptions to tie for fifth in school history in interceptions in a season. – Kicker B.T. Potter attempting to convert a third field goal of 50 yards or more to tie Richard Jackson’s school record for 50-yard field goals in a single season from 2009. Potter recorded a field goal of 51 yards against both Georgia Tech and Louisville. – Potter (77) needing three PATs to join Roberto Aguayo (94 in 2013) as the only players in ACC history to record 80 PATs in a single season. – Potter (84-for-84 for his career) entering the game four extra points shy of tying or five extra points shy of breaking Clemson’s all-time record for consecutive extra points made (88 by Mark Buchholz from 2007- 08). – Linebacker Isaiah Simmons and safety Nolan Turner each attempting to record an interception in a third straight game. The last time a Clemson player recorded a pick in three straight contests was 2009, when both DeAndre McDaniel (first three games of the season) and Rashard Hall (four straight contests across games 5-8) accomplished the feat. Both McDaniel (Defensive Analyst) and Hall (Director of Career & Professional Development) are now on the Clemson staff. – Safeties K’Von Wallace and Tanner Muse (58 each) each appearing in their 59th career game to tie defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and tight end Cannon Smith (59 each from 2015-18) for most career games in school history.

SEEKING 15 WINS

With Clemson and LSU each reaching the 14-win mark this season, there have now been 15 seasons of 14 or more wins since the NCAA split Division I in 1978. Clemson accounts for four of those 14-win seasons, matching Alabama for the most 14-win seasons in that span. Clemson remains the only program in that time frame to win 15 games in a season, a feat it can match (and preclude LSU from reaching) with one more victory.

The 2019 Tigers are just the fifth ACC team in history to record at least 14 wins in a season. Clemson accounts for four of those five 14-win seasons. Clemson has posted the ACC’s four most-recent 14-win seasons, recording a 14-1 record during both the 2015 and 2016 campaigns and a 15-0 record in 2018. Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team was the first ACC team to win 12 games in a season. Florida State accomplished the feat five times between 1993 and 2014, including a streak of three seasons with at least 12 wins from 2012-14. They won a then-record 14 games (14-0) in 2013, a mark tied by Clemson in 2015 and 2016 before being broken in 2018.

 

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