Tigers likely earned way into CFP No. 1 with victory over Carolina


COLUMBIA - Clemson, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff, took the field on Saturday just after No. 1 Alabama had lost to Auburn 26-14. The Tigers' 34-10 win over No. 24

South Carolina likely propelled the Tigers to the top spot in the next CFP poll, with a meeting against No. 2 Miami (FL) awaiting in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game,

Miami is likely to fall after suffering a 24-14 upset loss on Friday at Pittsburgh.

Clemson and Alabama have played each other in the CFP national championship game the past two seasons, with Alabama winning after the 2015 season and Clemson following the 2016 season.


Clemson now has a streak of seven consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins. That is tied for the sixth-longest streak in FBS history and only nine programs have had a streak of at least seven 10-win seasons. The record for consecutive 10-win seasons is 14 in a row set by Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles (1987-00). Alabama is the only other program with an active streak of at least seven straight 10-win seasons.

The Tigers have 14 10-win seasons in their history, so half of them have come in the last seven years under head coach Dabo Swinney.


Clemson has an 80-14 record over the last seven years, and only Alabama has a better record and more wins at 87-8. With this week's ranking in the AP poll, Clemson has now been ranked in 49 straight polls, one short of the school record of 50 in a row set between 1989-92 and 2012-14. The streak includes 40 consecutive top 10 rankings, longest in Clemson history by far (14 is the second best top 10 streak). Clemson and Alabama are tied for the longest top 10 streak in the nation.


This is the sixth time in nine full seasons under Swinney that Clemson has won or been co-champion of the ACC's Atlantic Division. The Dec. 2 meeting with Miami will mark the fifth time Clemson has played for the title since 2009. Clemson is 3-1 in those previous four trips.


Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow recorded his longest career reception as a Tiger on a 61-yard catch and run for a score to open the second half. Renfrow hauled in a Kelly Bryant pass with 14:39 to go in the third quarter, giving Clemson a 27-0 lead.


Entering the 13th week of the college football season, Clemson leads the nation in wins over top 25 teams (rank entering the game) with four. Three of the four have come on the road, at No. 13 Louisville, at No. 12 Virginia Tech and at No. 20 North Carolina State. Clemson is the only team in the nation with three wins over top 25 teams on the road this season.

Swinney now has six wins over top 25 teams in the opponent's home stadium. There have been just 25 such wins in Clemson history.

Overall, Swinney now has a Clemson record 24 wins over top 25 teams, including an ACC record tying nine in a row. Florida State also won nine in a row over top 25 teams between 2012-14.


Clemson's senior class of 2016 finished with a record of 49-7. The 49 wins are tied for sixth in FBS history and tied for first in ACC history with the Florida State seniors of 2015. Clemson has had records of 11-2, 10-3, 14-1 and 14-1 the last four years.

The seniors of 2017 have a record of 48-6 entering this week's game vs. South Carolina. Thus, this senior class can tie the ACC mark for wins by a senior class with a victory at South Carolina.


Clemson is 45-1 under Swinney when the Tigers rush for at least 200 yards, including 41 in a row. The only loss under Swinney when the Tigers gained 200 yards came in the 2009 ACC Championship game when Clemson actually rushed for over 300 yards in a 39-34 loss to Georgia Tech. The Tigers had 323 yards and five rushing touchdowns in that loss to the Yellow Jackets.


Clemson is the only school in the country with two different players who have had an 80-yard run this season. Tavien Feaster broke off an 89-yard scoring run in a 38-31 win over N.C. State, and Travis Ettienne had an 81-yard touchdown run in a 47-21 win at Louisville.


With the Tigers' 38-31 win over N.C. State, Dabo Swinney became the second winningest coach in Clemson history. Swinney is 99-29, moving ahead of Danny Ford, who finished his Clemson career 96-29-4.

Frank Howard won 165 games as Clemson's coach from 1940-69, with 96 of those wins coming from 1953-69 as an ACC coach. Swinney is now fourth on the list of most overall wins by an ACC coach, trailing Bobby Bowden (Florida State, 173), George Welsh (Virginia, 136) and Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech, 113).

Swinney is second in ACC history in winning percentage with a .773 mark. Jimbo Fisher is first at .781, holding an 82-23 mark in 105 games as head coach at Florida State.