How Many Times Has Clemson Hosted College GameDay?

Heisman Trophy hopeful DeShaun Watson leads Clemson into a pivotal matchup with Notre Dame on October 3, 2015. (Getty)

Heisman Trophy hopeful DeShaun Watson leads Clemson into a pivotal matchup with Notre Dame on October 3, 2015. (Getty)

On October 3, 2015, the focus of the college football world will be on Clemson, SC, where the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers will host the sixth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 8PM. Previous to the game, ESPN’s College GameDay will be on the field in front of Tillman Hall at Clemson University, returning for the first time since 2013.

This is the fourth time that College GameDay will be at Clemson and the ninth time that the Tigers will be a part of GameDay. Clemson is 2-6 all-time in GameDay games, but is 2-1 when the event is held outside of Clemson Memorial Stadium.

Here is a list of Clemson’s College GameDay appearances, with games at Clemson in bold:

October 21, 2006: Georgia Tech at Clemson:

Running back James Davis had 216 rushing yards and C.J. Spiller added a 50-yard touchdown catch and 50-yard touchdown run in the 31-7 win over Georgia Tech. NFL superstar, and then-Georgia Tech, was held without a strikeout in the second half of the game.

August 30, 2008: Alabama vs. Clemson at Chick-fil-A Classic:

Alabama rolled over Clemson 34-10 in the Chick-fil-A Classic, the beginning of the Crimson Tide’s 12-0 start to the season. In Nick Saban’s first game as the head coach of Alabama, freshman Julio Jones caught a touchdown pass and James Davis and C.J Spiller were held to a combined 20 yards rushing.

September 10, 2010: Clemson at Auburn:

Clemson lost 27-24 to the other Tigers after now-Cardinals kicker Chandler Cantanzaro missed a second FG attempt in overtime. Cam Newton helped spur the Auburn second half comeback, after falling behind 17-0, with 203 passing yards.

January 4, 2012: West Virginia vs. Clemson at Orange Bowl:

Geno Smith threw six touchdown passes, and ran for another, to help West Virginia rout Clemson 70-33 in the 2012 Orange Bowl. Tavon Austin caught four touchdown passes from Smith, who set the bowl record for most touchdowns.

September 12, 2012: Clemson at Florida State:

E.J Manuel helped Florida State comeback from a 28-14 deficit, leading the Seminoles to a 49-37 win over Clemson. The two teams combined for 1093 yards in the 85 point scoring spree, as both DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins were involved in 50-plus yard touchdown plays for Clemson as well.

August 31, 2013: Georgia at Clemson:

Clemson downed the Bulldogs 38-35, as Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns against Georgia and Sammy Watkins caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Boyd. Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns for Georgia, adding a 75-yard touchdown run.

October 19, 2013: Florida State at Clemson:

In a top-five matchup in Death Valley, the last time ESPN College GameDay was at Clemson, Florida State throttled Clemson 51-14 behind Jameis Winston’s 444 yards and three touchdown passes. Rashad Greene had eight catches for 146 yards for Florida State, while tight end Nick O’Leary added five catches for 161 yards for the future 2014 National Champions.

September 20, 2014: Clemson at Florida State:

In a game best known for Jameis Winston’s suspension, Florida State beat Clemson 23-17 in overtime behind backup quarterback Sean Maguire and Karlos Williams’ overtime touchdown rush. Clemson had a ton of opportunities with Winston on the bench, including missing a 4th and short in overtime, but Maguire still threw for 305 yards.

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