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TIGERS VS. TIGERS
• Clemson has won 21 of its past 27 season openers. That includes an 8-4 record the past 12 years when Clemson has played its most challenging season-opening games.
• Auburn has two new coordinators.Brian Van Gorder
, a former assistant at Georgia and for the Atlanta Falcons, heads the defense.Scot Loeffler
is the offensive coordinator.
• Clemson has lost three of its last 10 season opening games, but all three were to top 25 teams, twice to Georgia (2002 and 2003) and in 2008 to Alabama in a game played in Atlanta.
• The Tigers are 86-22-8 (.777), regardless of site, in their first game in the previous 116 seasons. Even though this is the 117th season of Clemson football, Clemson has had just 111 home openers in its history because five seasons Clemson did not play a game at home.