Clemson Tigers Football 2014 News and Updates
2/4/14 - The Clemson Tigers finished last season ranked #7 with an 11-2 overall record (7-1 in the ACC), topping it off with an ACC title and Orange Bowl win over Ohio State. Clemson will be losing some key players to the NFL Draft in 2014: former Heisman candidate QB Tajh Boyd, elite WR Sammy Watkins, RB Roderick McDowell; though Chad Morris, a majority of the O-Line and the rest of the star receiving players will return. For this year’s recruiting class, offensive positions were of top priority, so signing 4-star WB Deshaun Watson—the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback—was a clutch move. Clemson boasts 19 commitments (nine 4-stars) and is currently in talks with numerous vaunted recruits (Cory Thomas, Richard Yeargin III) for National Signing Day, to put the finishing touches on the No.15 ranked class. Though last year was a definite success, fans are still hurt over the two losses to South Carolina and FSU and hope the new-look team will get it done this year. Still, the lingering question is: who will fill Boyd’s shoes?
10/25/13 - Clemson is trying to put a tough loss to #5 Florida State behind them as they enter the final lap of the season. To start the year, the Tigers ousted then #5 Georgia and had been undefeated until they met the Seminoles. Although their BCS National Championship hopes may have been put to rest, the Clemson Tigers are optimistic to be part of a second BCS bowl game in three years. In order to get there, the Tigers will need a win against in-state rival, South Carolina Gamecocks, in the season closer. Clemson will play on the road; the Orange have not beaten the Gamecocks in Columbia since 2007. But be assured that senior Tajh Boyd will play his heart out in the quarterback’s final regular season game in College. Clemson still has a shot at the ACC Championship game but they must win this weekend against Maryland, and then beat Virginia and Georgia Tech. In addition, they’ll need some help from the Seminoles; two losses in their final four games would give the Tigers an opportunity.
Clemson Tigers Football
After starting the 2013 season with a win against a top five team, Clemson looks like a bona fide national title contender. Quarterback Tajh Boyd came up big in the clutch against LSU in last year's Chick-fil-A Bowl
, and picked up where he left with an impressive opening performance against another SEC powerhouse in Georgia
. If Boyd keeps up his stellar performance, he can expect to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony and hear his name called very early at the 2014 NFL Draft. With the combination of Boyd and junior receiver Sammy Watkins, a two-time First-team All American, the Tigers have one of the most potent offenses in the country.
The average price for the remaining 2013 games at Memorial Stadium is $94. The ACC showdown against Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles is the most expensive, averaging $250. The least expensive games in Death Valley this season comes on 9/7 against South Carolina St. and 11/23 against The Citadel. The Palmetto Bowl against in-state rival South Carolina is on 11/30 at Williams Brice Stadium, and is averaging $252. If the Tigers can get through the season without any blemishes, they’ll travel to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game and possibly on to Miami for the Orange Bowl or even Pasadena for the BCS National Championship Game.