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WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
– Clemson (14) attempting to extend the nation’s longest active winning streak.
– Clemson attempting to tie the third-longest winning streak in Clemson history (15 from 1947-49).
LONGEST CLEMSON WINNING STREAKS First Win Last Win Streak
Furman, 9/1/18 Ohio State, 12/28/19 29
Georgia State, 11/22/14 Oklahoma, 12/31/15 17
Furman, 11/8/47 Presbyterian, 9/17/49 15
Florida State, 10/30/21 [Active] 14
NC State, 10/7/39 South Carolina, 10/24/40 13
South Carolina, 11/22/80 Nebraska, 1/1/82 13
Wake Forest, 11/19/16 Wake Forest, 10/17/17 11
Villanova, 9/30/78 Furman, 9/8/79 11
South Carolina, 11/9/99 Guilford, 10/5/01 10
Western Carolina, 9/25/82 Western Carolina, 9/3/83 10
Georgia Tech, 9/24/83 Virginia, 9/8/84 10
– Clemson attempting to open a season 9-0 for the seventh time in program history (1948, 1981, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019). Each of the previous six teams won a conference title, and five of the six played for the national championship (1981, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019).
– Clemson attempting to improve to 5-2 all-time against Notre Dame.
– Clemson attempting to move to 2-1 in road games at Notre Dame. Clemson won its first trip to Notre Dame Stadium to date in 1979 and dropped a double overtime game in 2020.
– Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to improve to 4-1 all-time against Notre Dame.
– Clemson attempting to improve to 31-6-2 against FBS independents since the NCAA split Division I into the divisions now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision in 1978.
– Clemson attempting to win a 14th straight game against FBS independents dating to 1988. (Note: Clemson’s loss to Notre Dame in 2020 came during Notre Dame’s lone year of ACC membership.)
– Clemson (34) attempting to add to the most road wins by any program in the nation since 2015.
– Clemson attempting to improve to 35-4 in true road games since 2015.
– Clemson seeking a seventh consecutive road win. Clemson’s six-game road winning streak is the second longest active streak in the country.
– Clemson attempting to tie seven-game road winning streaks from 1939-40 and 2012-13 for the fifth-longest road winning streak in program history.
– Clemson attempting to record a perfect record in true road games in a season for the 10th time in school history, joining the 1900, 1917, 1948, 1981, 1995, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 seasons.
– Clemson attempting to win a 39th consecutive game against unranked opponents when ranked in the AP Top 5, the longest active streak in college football according to ESPN Stats & Info.
– Clemson attempting to improve to 123-13 against AP-unranked teams under Dabo Swinney. The win would be Clemson’s 100th against unranked teams since the start of the 2012 season (currently 99-3).
– Clemson playing a sixth night game in the first nine games of a season for the first time since 1949. Clemson’s six night games this season (including Saturday) are already tied for fourth-most in a full season in Clemson history.
– Clemson attempting to improve to 27-4 in night games since the start of the 2018 season. A win would move Clemson to 46-7 at night since 2015.
– Clemson facing Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman for the first time. A win would improve Clemson to 42-4 since 2011 (and 2-0 this season) when facing an opposing head coach for the first time.
– Clemson attempting to improve to 44-19 in games following regular season open weeks since 1953.
Clemson would improve to 17-2 in such games under Dabo Swinney.
– Clemson attempting to earn its 100th victory against Power Five opponents since 2013. Clemson’s 99 victories in that span against Power Five teams are the most in the country.
– Clemson attempting to even its all-time record on NBC at 4-4.
– Head Coach Dabo Swinney attempting to improve to 27-12 against the only 17 programs in college football history to win 765 or more games all-time, including Ohio State (3-1), Alabama (2-2), Notre Dame (3-1), Oklahoma (2-0), Nebraska (0-1), Georgia (1-2), LSU
(1-1), Auburn (4-1), West Virginia (0-1), Texas A&M (2-0), Virginia Tech (6-0) and Pitt (2-2).
– Clemson entering the game having scored at least one rushing touchdown in 62 of its 63 games since the start of the 2018 season.
– Clemson (four) entering the game tied for fourth nationally in blocked kicks (both kicks and punts).
– Clemson (four) entering the game with its most blocked kicks (including punts) in a season since 2016 (five).
– Clemson attempting to post multiple sacks in six straight games for the first time since a nine-game streak last season.
– Clemson attempting to record five or more sacks in back-to-back games for the first time since games against UConn and Wake Forest in November 2021.
– Clemson attempting to have one player record at least 2.0 sacks in four consecutive games for the first time under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Xavier Thomas, Myles Murphy and Tyler Davis have each recorded a two-sack day across Clemson’s last three games,
Clemson’s first time having three different players reach 2.0 sacks in three straight games since 2016, when Ben Boulware (vs. South Carolina), Dexter Lawrence (vs. Virginia Tech) and Carlos Watkins (vs. Ohio State) accomplished the feat.
– Clemson attempting to hold consecutive opponents below 200 passing yards for the first time this season.
– Tight end Davis Allen (10) needing one touchdown reception to pass Bennie Cunningham (10 from 1972-75) for sole possession of the fifth-most touchdown catches by a tight end in Clemson history. He is two touchdowns shy of a four-way tie with John McMakin
(12 from 1969-71), Dwayne Allen (12 from 2009-11) and Brandon Ford (12 from 2009-12) for second.
– Allen (three) needing one more touchdown catch to tie his single-season career high in touchdown receptions (four in 2020).
– Allen (three) needing a touchdown reception to make Allen and Jake Briningstool the first tight end duo in Clemson history to each record four touchdown catches in a single season.
– Tight end Jake Briningstool (four) attempting to add to his single-season career high in touchdown receptions.
– Wide receiver Beaux Collins (five) attempting to add to his single-season career high in receiving touchdowns this year.
– Defensive tackle Tyler Davis attempting to become the first Clemson player to post at least 2.0 sacks in backto-back games since Clelin Ferrell in 2018 against Texas A&M and Georgia Southern.
– Davis (7.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks) entering the game within striking distance of his single-season career highs in tackles for loss (9.0 in 2019) and sacks (5.5 in 2019).
– Safety R.J. Mickens attempting to become the first Clemson player to record an interception in consecutive games since Andrew Booth Jr. against Wake Forest and South Carolina last season. He would be the first Clemson safety to do it since Nolan Turner in 2020.
– Defensive end Myles Murphy (six) needing one forced fumble to tie Levon Kirkland, Keith Adams and Vic Beasley (seven each) for seventh-most forced fumbles in a career in Clemson history.
– Placekicker B.T. Potter (68) needing four field goals to tie Nelson Welch (72 from 1991-94) for the Clemson record for career field goals.
– Potter (216) needing two PATs to break Greg Huegel’s Clemson and ACC record for career extra points made (217 from 2015-18).
– Potter (420 career points) needing five points to become the sixth player (and fifth kicker) in ACC history to reach 425 career points.