The Clemson Tigers will host The Citadel Bulldogs in 2020, the school officially announced on Wednesday.
Clemson will host The Citadel at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., and the new date of the game is Sept. 19.
Clemson was initially scheduled to host The Citadel on Nov. 14, 2020 in a game that was scheduled back in 2017. Due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the ACC revised their schedule to 10 conference games and only one non-conference contest.
“We are extremely excited that we were able to keep The Citadel on our schedule for 2020, as annually hosting an FCS opponent from the state of South Carolina remains a key point of our scheduling philosophy,” Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We are grateful to both the ACC and The Citadel for their interest and hard work in preserving this non-conference game for our student-athletes, the Clemson community and the state of South Carolina.”
Clemson is set to pay The Citadel a $450,000 guarantee for the contest, per a copy of the contract we obtained via a past public records request. The two schools are also scheduled to play on Nov. 23, 2024.
The Citadel, a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), has faced Clemson 37 times on the gridiron. The Tigers lead the overall series 31-5-1.
Clemson is scheduled to open the 2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 12 on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Other conference games on the road include Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.
The Tigers will host Virginia, Miami (FL), Syracuse, Boston College, and Pitt.
Clemson is the only known opponent for The Citadel at this point. The Bulldogs’ conference slate has been postponed, but the SoCon is allowing their members to compete in non-conference contests this fall.