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The 2012 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by head coach Dabo Swinney in his fourth full year and fifth overall since taking over midway through 2008 season. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium, also known as "Death Valley". They were members of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. On November 10, Clemson set a school record with their 12th straight home win at Death Valley. They finished the season 11–2, 7–1 in ACC play to be Atlantic Division co–champions with Florida State. Due to their loss to Florida State, they did not represent the division the ACC Championship Game. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they defeated LSU. The Tigers had their first 11-win season since 1981.

2012 Clemson Tigers football
Clemson Tigers logo.svg
ACC Atlantic Division co-champion
Chick-fil-A Bowl champion
Chick-fil-A Bowl, W 25–24 vs. LSU
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 11
2012 record11–2 (7–1 ACC)
Head coachDabo Swinney (4th full, 5th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorChad Morris (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Venables (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorCharlie Harbison (5th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 81,500)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 10 Florida State xy$   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Clemson x   7 1         11 2  
NC State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
Maryland   2 6         4 8  
Boston College   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech xy   5 3         7 7  
North Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Miami   5 3         7 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         6 7  
Virginia   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • † North Carolina ineligible for ACC title, championship game, and bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.[1]
    ‡ Miami ineligible for ACC title, championship game, and bowl game due to self-imposed sanctions.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 Auburn*No. 14ESPNW 26–1975,211
September 812:30 p.m.Ball State*No. 12ACCNW 52–2779,557
September 153:00 p.m.Furman*No. 11
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
RSNW 41–783,574
September 228:00 p.m.at No. 4 Florida StateNo. 10ABCL 37–4983,231
September 293:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeNo. 17ESPN2W 45–3140,138
October 63:30 p.m.Georgia TechNo. 15
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC (rivalry)
ESPNW 47–3182,873
October 2012:00 p.m.Virginia TechNo. 14
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ABC/ESPN2W 38–1783,338
October 257:30 p.m.at Wake ForestNo. 14ESPNW 42–1331,162
November 37:00 p.m.at DukeNo. 10ESPN2W 56–2031,894
November 103:30 p.m.Maryland No. 10
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Clemson, SC
ESPNUW 45–1078,302
November 173:30 p.m.NC StateNo. 11
ABC/ESPN2W 62–4877,831
November 247:00 p.m.No. 13 South Carolina*No. 12
ESPNL 17–2784,513
December 317:30 p.m.vs. No. 9 LSU*No. 15
ESPNW 25–2468,027
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[3][4]

Depth ChartEdit

Recruiting classEdit

Game summariesEdit

AuburnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Auburn 7 3 6 3 19
#14 Clemson 3 10 3 10 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–34–2 2011 W 38–24

Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 3 10 7 27
#12 Tigers 13 32 0 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2002 W 30–7

FurmanEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Paladins 0 7 0 0 7
#11 Tigers 7 13 14 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–10–1 2007 W 38–10

Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Tigers 14 7 10 6 37
#4 Seminoles 7 7 21 14 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–17 2011 W 35–30

Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Tigers 10 14 14 7 45
Eagles 7 14 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–9–2 2011 W 36–14

Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 14 7 7 3 31
#3 Tigers 10 17 3 17 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–50–2 2011 L 17–31

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 7 3 0 7 17
#14 Tigers 3 14 14 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–12–1 2011 W 38–10

Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Tigers 7 28 0 7 42
Demon Deacons 0 7 6 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–17–1 2011 W 31–28

DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Tigers 28 14 7 7 56
Blue Devils 10 7 3 0 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–16–1 2008 W 31–7

MarylandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 7 3 0 10
#10 Tigers 21 14 3 7 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–26–2 2011 W 56–45

NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 21 3 14 10 48
#11 Tigers 13 28 21 0 62
Overall record Last meeting Result
51–28–1 2011 L 13–37

South CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Gamecocks 7 3 10 7 27
#12 Tigers 14 0 3 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
65–40–4 2011 L 13–34

LSU (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Clemson 7 6 0 12 25
#9 LSU 7 7 10 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1996 L 7–10

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 14 12 11 10 17 15 16 14 14 10 10 11 12 15 14 11 
Coaches 14 12 11 9 16 15 13 13 13 9 8 9 9 14 13 9 
Harris Not released 14 13 13 9 9 9 9 14 13 Not released 
BCS Not released 19 18 13 13 11 11 14 14 Not released

2013 NFL draftEdit

Clemson had four players selected in the 2013 NFL draft. DeAndre Hopkins went in the first round as the 27th overall pick.

Player Team Round Pick # Position
DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 1st 27th WR
Malliciah Goodman Atlanta Falcons 4th 127th DE
Jonathan Meeks Buffalo Bills 4th 143th DB
Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals 6th 187th RB

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2018 ACC Media Guide" (PDF). theacc.com. ACC. p. 115. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Football - 2012 Coaches". Clemson University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on December 26, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Announces 2012 Football Championship Game Time and Early Season TV Schedule". clemsontigers.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Clemson Football Schedule". clemsontigers.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.

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