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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Clemson Tigers: Series History

Background: Clemson and Georgia Tech have played 75 times, dating back to 1898. The only opponents that Tech has faced more are Georgia (104), Auburn (92), and Duke (77). The two teams have played every single year since 1983. Georgia Tech holds the lead with a record of 49-24-2.

The rivalry has been one of the most competitive in the nation over the last two decades. Of the last 21 years, the game has been decided by 5 or fewer points 16 times. Between 1996 and 2001, the margin of victory was 3 points, exactly 3 points, all six years.

One interesting note on the series is that even though this is the 76th meeting, it is only the 16th time Tech has played at Clemson. The Jackets didn't play a road game at Clemson until 1974.

Consecutive Wins: Clemson won four straight in the series twice: 1898-1903 and 1993-1996. Tech's is much longer, standing at 15 straight from 1908 through 1934.

Important Stat: The fact that this game has a history of being close heavily favors the Jackets. At Tech, Coach Paul Johnson is 11-2 in games decided by 5 or fewer points, including three wins over Clemson. In contrast, Dabo Swinney is 1-8 in those close games in his time as head coach. 

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.