The Clemson football program enters the 2017 season with a host of new faces on both sides of the ball. Here are five players to watch in their season opener vs. Kent State.
While Kent State is not the most impressive opponent Clemson will face, this is one of their most important games of the season. The Tigers will embark on a grueling five game stretch following week one.
Waiting for Clemson on the other side of Kent State is a physical Auburn team. As such, the Tigers must get as many quality reps in as possible against the Golden Flashes. Practice reps are valuable, but, there is no replacement for live action.
Kent State also has a few playmakers on their roster that could keep things interesting if Clemson comes out sluggish. Yes, the Tigers are one of the premiere programs in the country, but, in the world of college football anything is possible. Don’t believe me? Ask Michigan how they feel about Appalachian State.
Be sure to keep an eye on these five players on Saturday as some have already established themselves and others are looking to do so.
Clemson football will open up its’ 2017 campaign with a matchup against Kent State. Here’s all you need to know about the game heading into Saturday.
Clemson football opens up its’ season with Kent State in Death Valley on Saturday.
This is the first ever meeting between the Tigers and the Golden Flashes and every Clemson football fan is ready to see what this season has in store for the defending national champions.
Many Tiger fans will be at the game Saturday, but if you’re not able to make it, here’s all the information you need to watch, listen, or the stream the matchup live.
Clemson Football Game Information:
Who: Kent State Golden Flashes (0-0) at #5 Clemson Tigers (0-0)
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Death Valley
When: 12:02 p.m.
Where to watch: ESPN
TV Announcers: Beth Mowins (Play-by-Play), Anthony Becht (Color), Rocky Boiman (Sideline)
Where to listen: Clemson Radio Affiliates, 105.5 the Roar App, Sirius Ch. 113, XM 193
Radio Announcers: Don Munsen (Play-by-Play), Rodney Williams (Color), Reggie Merriweather (Sideline)
Where to stream: WatchESPN
Home Game Designation: 2016 National Championship Celebration
All hail the reigning kings of college football! All hail the Clemson Tigers! The time has come for the Tigers to embark on the daunting journey to attempt the rare repeat of becoming the National Champions. The challenge is steep considering Clemson is replacing its greatest player ever in DeShaun Watson and a bevy of skill position studs who all reside on NFL rosters at the moment. However, the newly extended Dabo Swinney welcomes any and all reasons to find a chip for the paw clad shoulders (thank God those are back!) of his players. He probably has at least one support staffer whose sole purpose is to find slights, real and perceived that he can turn into motivation gold. Though the Tigers are respected as a top 5 program, the vast majority of pundits have anointed Florida State as the darlings of 2017. One pundit had the audacity to pick NC State as a playoff team! Now Tiger fans anxiously wait seeing the Kelly Bryant piloted offense in a real game situation. The defense should be dominant, but how efficient and comfortable Bryant is (or if he isn’t Cooper or Johnson) will set the true bar of expectation for this team. ESPN had a very interesting article about replacing GOAT level guys like Watson you can see here. Clemson is banking on the sum of its parts being good enough to weather losing a transcendent player of Watson’s magnitude. The model Alabama has used under Saban is essentially at work now for Clemson: no matter the QB or his surrounding skill, the lines of scrimmage will be the difference. Clemson, especially at full strength, is very good on the lines of scrimmage.