SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) –
The Orange football team’s Sept. 14 home opener versus reigning national champion Clemson will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC, the Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN announced today. The game is part of ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” lineup, which features a season-long slate of marquee matchups.
The Clemson contest will mark the Orange’s second ABC “Saturday Night Football” appearance since the network began devoting its primetime slot to college football in 2006. The first time Syracuse appeared on the sport’s premier weekly television franchise was on Sept. 27, 2014 when it squared off against No. 8 Notre Dame at Metlife Stadium.
Multiple celebrations have already been planned around Clemson’s visit to the Carrier Dome. In addition to serving as the team’s home opener, the game is the centerpiece of Syracuse University’s Orange Central (Homecoming) Weekend. At halftime, the program will retire the No. 72 jersey of all-time sack leader Tim Green.
In the last two years, Syracuse is the only team to defeat Clemson during the regular season. The last time Clemson came to the Dome, the Orange beat the Tigers 27-24 on Oct. 13, 2017. Since that night, Clemson has won 17 straight regular-season games.
Last September, Syracuse gave the Tigers all they could handle in Death Valley and nearly derailed their perfect season. The Orange led for most of the game until Travis Etienne scored from two yards out with less than a minute remaining to lift the Tigers to a 27-23 victory.
Overall, Clemson holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series. Syracuse’s other win against the Tigers was a 41-0 shutout in the 1996 Gator Bowl.
Single-game tickets to watch the Orange and Tigers in person are sold out. The only way to guarantee a seat for the game is through the purchase of a 2019 season ticket or three-game partial plan. Season tickets start at $125. A limited number of partial plans featuring Clemson and two additional games of the customer’s choice are available for $99.