CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - For fans, visiting Cowboys Stadium is something most never forget. For the Clemson Tigers, having the opportunity to compete in a College Football Playoff national semifinal at one of the most popular NFL stadiums around is something they have been looking forward to since Selection Sunday.
“It’s really a dream come true,” said Tigers sophomore running back Travis Etienne. “I visited there my senior year for Spring Break and, to just go back there and be able to play there is a humbling experience.”
A few of the players on the Clemson roster have played in NFL stadiums before. From the Superdome in New Orleans to Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium, the Tigers are no strangers to professional football venues. However, Cowboys Stadium has a certain mystique because of who plays there.
“It’s a huge thing for us,” said Tigers junior linebacker Tre Lamar. “I think a lot of players see ‘Jerry World,’ see the Cowboys and know it’s ‘America’s Team.’ Playing in that stadium is giant for everybody. It’s exciting for us.”
However, the players aren’t the only ones excited about the chance to head to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl.
“It’s my family’s favorite team,” said Tigers wide receiver Tee Higgins. “So, they’re excited to go. It’s their first time going and I’m pretty excited. It’s going to be great.”
No. 2 Clemson faces No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m.