Clemson Tigers football
2020 Clemson Tigers football team
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First season1896 (1896)
Athletic directorDan Radakovich
Head coachDabo Swinney
12th season, 130–31 (.807)
StadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
FieldFrank Howard Field
Year built1942
Field surfaceNatural Grass
LocationClemson, South Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) (1896–1921)
Southern Conference (SC) (1921–1952)
All-time record758–460–45 (.618)
Bowl record25–21 (.543)
Playoff appearances5 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Playoff record6–3 (CFP)
Claimed nat'l titles3 (1981, 2016, 2018)
National finalist5 (1981, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Conference titles25 (4 SIAA, 2 SoCon, 19 ACC)
Division titles8 (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015–2019)
RivalriesSouth Carolina (rivalry)
Florida State (rivalry)
Georgia Tech (rivalry)
Georgia (rivalry)
NC State (rivalry)
Boston College (rivalry)
Auburn (rivalry)
Alabama (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans28
Current uniform
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ColorsOrange and Regalia[1]
Fight songTiger Rag
MascotThe Tiger
Marching bandTiger Band

The Clemson Tigers football program, known traditionally as the "Clemson University Fighting Tigers," represent Clemson University in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Consistently ranked among the most elite college football programs in the United States, the team is known for its storied history, distinctive helmet, fight song, and colors, as well as the many traditions associated with the school.[2][3][4]

Formed in 1896, the program has over 750 wins and has achieved three consensus Division I Football National Championships in the modern era, and were College Football Playoff National Championship Finalists in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, winning the championship game over the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2016 and 2018 seasons. Clemson has had 6 undefeated seasons, 5 consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, 25 conference championships, 8 divisional titles, and has produced over 100 All-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans and over 250 NFL players.[5][6] Clemson has had seven members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame including former players Banks McFadden, Terry Kinard, Jeff Davis, and former coaches John Heisman, Jess Neely, Frank Howard, and Danny Ford.

Clemson's streak of nine consecutive 10 win seasons ranks second in active streaks behind the Alabama Crimson Tide.[7][8] The Tigers have had 16 seasons with 10 wins or more, 10 of them with 11 to 12 wins or more by the end of the postseason.

With 25 total conference titles, Clemson is one of the founding members of the ACC, and holds 19 ACC titles, the most of any member, and holds the most combined conference football titles of any Atlantic Coast Conference school. The Tigers' most recent ACC championships were won "five in a row" from 2015 to 2019, the latter with a 12–0 regular season and a 62–17 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

Among its eight undefeated regular seasons, Clemson was crowned poll-era National Champions and finished with its third perfect season with a win over Nebraska in the 48th Orange Bowl, and was the National Championship Finalist Runner-up with a 14–1 record in 2015. The following season, Clemson won the National Title over No. 1 Alabama in college football's first National Championship rematch in 2016, and again in 2018. The Tigers have 46 bowl appearances, 20 of which are among the New Year's Six Bowls, including 9 during the "Big Four" era. Clemson has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 34 times in the modern era, and finished in either the AP or Coaches Polls a combined 59 times since 1939.

The Tigers play their home games in Memorial Stadium on the university's Clemson, South Carolina campus. The stadium is also known as "Death Valley" after a Presbyterian College head coach gave it the moniker in 1948 due to the many defeats his teams suffered there. Currently, it is the 15th largest stadium in college football.


Walter Riggs, the "father of Clemson football"