CLEMSON, SC (WIS) - The second-ranked Clemson Tigers look to secure their first victory in the state of Texas since 1959 when they face Texas A&M on Saturday at 7 p.m.
A familiar face awaits Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on the opposing sideline in Jimbo Fisher. The former Florida State head coach now leads the Aggies football program. The two spent the last eight years battling to win the ACC Atlantic Division title. Each won four games in the Tigers-Seminoles rivalry.
However, in this matchup, coach Swinney has very little intel on how Fisher will utilize his Aggie personnel.
"The unknown is a competitive advantage for them," said Swinney. "Hopefully, our experience can be a competitive advantage for us... and just to the adversity within the game. There's going to be adversity. It's early in the season. It's a huge game for both teams. There will be a ton of energy."
Having "College Gameday" in College Station for Saturday's game is a welcome sight for Swinney and his Clemson squad. The Tigers seem to thrive when all eyes focus on them. Clemson has won its last six games featured on that TV program.
"I mean that's fun," said Swinney. "I want to see our team embrace that."
It will be a fun matchup to watch. It'll also be a challenge for Clemson as they play a night game at Kyle Field, a venue that seats 102,733 people, which will make for a loud crowd. The Tigers understand how to best handle the enemy roars.
"Same things that win at home, win on the road," said Swinney. "They're not any different. Take care of the ball. Physically win your matchups."
"We can play anywhere," said Clemson senior defensive lineman Austin Bryant. "We can play on Jervey Meadows if you want to. That is something we've instilled around here. No matter where we play, when we play, who we play, just spot the ball."
"Fans don't play," added Swinney. "I mean they can yell. They can be loud and that's great. But what does that got to do with you doing your job? You need to do your job or you can't."