Tigers hoping to extend one of most successful 3-year runs in program history

Clemson is one of just seven schools nationally with three straight 10-win seasons

Tajh Boyd hands off to Sammy Watkins

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Tajh Boyd hands off to Sammy Watkins

The Tigers will go into their Orange Bowl game against Ohio State at the end of one of the most successful three-year runs in school history.

Clemson has won 31 games overall and 20 ACC games over the past three seasons, totals that are the most ever in a three-year span. Clemson has now recorded 10 wins or more in three straight seasons, a first for the program since 1987-90, when the Tigers recorded four straight 10-win seasons. Clemson is one of just seven schools nationally with three straight 10-win seasons, joining Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Northern Illinois.

Clemson has seven victories over top-25 opponents over the past three seasons, the most in history for any three-year period. That includes four wins over top-10 opponents. Clemson has beaten four top-25 SEC teams during that period.

In overall wins over the three-year span, Clemson's 31 victories rank sixth behind Alabama (36), Northern Illinois (35), Florida State (34), Oregon (34), Stanford (34), LSU (32) and South Carolina (32).

Top-25 Ranking Continues: Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of at least one poll for 45 straight weeks. That is the second longest streak in Clemson history, trailing a 50-week stretch spanning the 1989-1992 seasons.

Clemson is one of just six schools to have finished in the top 15 of the BCS Standings in each of the past three years, along with Alabama, Oklahoma, Stanford, South Carolina and Oregon.

Tigers Have Winning Edge: Clemson has a 12-11 bowl record against nationally-ranked opponents. Ohio State comes into the Orange Bowl ranked as high as No. 6, making the Buckeyes the third highest-ranked team Clemson has played in the post-season. The Tigers lost to No. 1 LSU 7-0 in the 1958 Sugar Bowl, beat No. 4 Nebraska in the 1981 Orange Bowl, lost to No. 6 Virginia Tech 41-20 in the 2000 Gator Bowl, and beat No. 6 Tennessee 27-14 in the 2003 Peach Bowl.

Rare Meeting With Big Ten Opponent: Clemson will be playing just its seventh game ever against current members of the Big Ten. The Tigers have a 4-2 record in the previous six games, with wins over Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois, a loss to Minnesota, and a 1-1 split with Nebraska.

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33dtb writes:

statistics are for losers.
remember when the gamecocks had a guy dedicated to timing and announcing the hang-time of punts??

we beat one (1) good team a year and lose 5 in a row to our sorry rival and start enumerating statistics ad infinitium.

TigerNE writes:

in response to 33dtb:

statistics are for losers.
remember when the gamecocks had a guy dedicated to timing and announcing the hang-time of punts??

we beat one (1) good team a year and lose 5 in a row to our sorry rival and start enumerating statistics ad infinitium.

Some might argue that focusing on one game is for losers, too.

Losing to SCar stinks for sure. But it has less impact on the program than a lot of other things including the record and stats. I'll take our steadily improving recruiting results and our solid record at winning the games we should win as a sign of things getting better. It has been a long time since we could even claim a season without losing at least one easy game.

And future recruits, especially those we are plucking from GA and FL and NC care more about coaches, facilities, teammates, and overall stats and less about the outcome of the rivalry each year.

Next year will tell the story to me of whether our coaching and player talent is still moving forward. The way we play FSU and SCar in particular will be key.

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