The Auburn Tigers go on the road for the first time this season to take on the Clemson Tigers in their 48th meeting this Saturday.
Games between the two have always had an underlying rivalry that goes back to their beginnings, their first meeting taking place in 1899, 112 years ago. That’s a lot of history, and the teams share mascots, colors and a few other things.
This is not a conference game, but Clemson has always brought something extra to bear in their games with Auburn, SEC, ACC or not. This year should be no different, and there is a lot of familiarity with each other.
Connections abound between the two, even beyond the history that really got Clemson football going in the first place—but that’s another article.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik began his coaching career in 1988-89 as a Clemson graduate assistant coach working with the linebackers.
But it doesn't stop there. Take a look at Slide No. 9—Tradition: Clemson & Auburn History and Connections—it gets a little spooky how these guys are connected all over the staff.
Suffice it to say these guys know each other very well. But this is business, and both teams want to get to that 3-0 mark.
What else should you know about Clemson?