Earlier today, the ACC and ESPN announced that Clemson and Georgia will open the 2013 season at 8 p.m. ET in Death Valley.
This game was a marquee matchup to begin with, but the fact that it’s now a night game will make it an even better atmosphere in the ACC in Week 1.
The question is whether or not playing at night will actually add up to more of a home-field advantage for the Tigers.
A little history before you immediately say yes:
Clemson is 10-13 in its night games since 1992. Memorial Stadium had lights in the 1940s and 1950s, but they were taken out. It wasn’t until the 1992 game against Florida State that the lights were again used on a regular basis.
Coach Dabo Swinney is 2-2 in home night games compared to 24-3 in home day games. Both of those home night losses, though, were to two ranked South Carolina teams (2010 to No. 18 South Carolina and 2012 to No. 12-ranked South Carolina).
So technically, Clemson has won 16 straight home day games, and lost two straight home night games.
Still think playing at 8 p.m. adds up to a better home-field advantage? Cast your votes now.