Despite a nine-game ACC schedule that will likely accompany the arrivals of Syracuse and Pitt in 2013, Clemson still plans to play its scheduled two-game series with Georgia.
Tigers athletic director Terry Don Phillips said as much last week to reporters, meaning, because of its rivalry with South Carolina, Clemson will find itself with 11 games against BCS-conference schools in 2013-14.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Death Valley in 2013, with Clemson returning the favor the next season. That would likely mean just six home games for the Tigers in 2014.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged the obstacle this could mean for his team on the field, but he is nonetheless excited to renew (or is it keep?) a rivalry.
"I ain't fired up about playing one of the top teams in the country, and we've got plenty of tough opponents, and certainly it's a game that could go either way," Swinney said, according to OrangeandWhite.com. "But that's a game that I grew up watching. I've heard so many stories about Clemson-Georgia, and I'd love to be a part of it and have a chapter of that history.
"It's exciting for our fans and our staff and our players to play one of the best teams in the country, and a school that we're obviously close to, proximity-wise.