Florida State had won 22 straight games at home in Doak Campbell Stadium until North Carolina brought that streak to an end with a last-second kick for a win. With Florida State suffering a loss at home, the new longest home winning streak in the FBS won’t have to go very far, as it will remain in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Clemson took over with the new longest home winning streak in the FBS Saturday night with a home win against Louisville. That streak now stands at 19 games, which began with a victory over Georgia Tech in mid-November of 2013. The last team to hand Clemson a loss in Death Valley was Florida State, a 51-14 drubbing from Jameis Winston and company that catapulted the Seminoles on their way to a BCS national championship.
Clemson’s 19-Game Home Winning Streak:
- 11/14/2013 – Georgia Tech, 55-31
- 11/23/2013 – Citadel, 52-6
- 9/6/2014 – South Carolina State, 73-7
- 9/27/2014 – North Carolina, 50-35
- 10/4/2014 – North Carolina State, 41-0
- 10/11/2014 – Louisville, 23-17
- 10/25/2014 – Syracuse, 16-6
- 11/22/2014 – Georgia State, 28-0
- 11/29/2014 – South Carolina, 35-17
- 9/5/2015 – Wofford, 49-10
- 9/12/2015 – Appalachian State, 41-10
- 10/3/2015 – No. 6 Notre Dame, 24-22
- 10/10/2015 – Georgia Tech, 43-24
- 10/17/2015 – Boston College, 34-17
- 11/7/2015 – No. 17 Florida State, 23-13
- 11/21/2015 – Wake Forest, 33-13
- 9/10/2016 – Troy, 30-24
- 9/17/2016 – South Carolina State, 59-0
- 10/1/2016 – No. 3 Louisville, 42-36
When might this winning streak at home be snapped? That’s an excellent question, but the rest of the home slate looks quite favorable for these Tigers. The toughest home game might be against Pittsburgh on November 12, but the Tigers should be easily expected to be a solid favorite when that game comes around. Looking ahead to 2017, Clemson will host Auburn, Florida State and Georgia Tech for the most likely potential hurdles to keep the home streak alive. In 2017, Louisville will return as possibly the only real threat to Clemson in Death Valley. Texas A&M or Florida State in 2019? This streak may not be going down any time too soon.
The record for the longest home winning streak is 58 games, by Miami. So there’s something to shoot for at Clemson.
The curious case of Francis Bernard has taken yet another twist.
In mid-August, it was announced that Francis Bernard, a 12-game starter at linebacker for BYU in 2016, would miss the entire 2017 season because of unspecified “personal reasons.” Very early Saturday morning, Bernard (pictured, No. 13) was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a valid license and failing to register his vehicle/having an expired registration.
With him during the traffic stop was teammate Marvin Hifo, who was cited for having an open container.
Monday, Kalani Sitake was asked about the situation. In addressing it, the head coach revealed that both players had previously left the team in the last couple of weeks — Bernard withdrew from school and requested a release from his scholarship, while Hifo, a senior defensive back, decided to simply quit.
Notably, Sitake seemingly indicated that, as of at least a couple of weeks ago, he was leaving the door open for a potential Bernard return at some point in the future.
“[Bernard] was looking at all of his options, and one of them was possibly returning here with a release in hand,” the coach said according to the Deseret News. “I wish him the best in finding what is the best place for him and I care about him.”
Bernard was third on the Cougars last season in tackles. Should he continue playing football at the collegiate level, he would presumably be a fourth-year junior in 2018.
Maybe it’s nothing, maybe it’s something. Regardless, it’s something that bears watching.
Losers of two in a row and off to a 3-3 start to the season, Florida has underperformed and underwhelmed to say the least. So much so, in fact, that head coach Jim McElwain indicated Monday that he, his family, his coaching staff and players have been subjected to death threats by unknown individuals.
The head coach went into no detail publicly regarding the nature of the threats. Apparently, it was the same privately when discussing the situation with his employer.
Again, it could be in the same neighborhood as naked shark humping — nothing. Bears watching, though, as one very outspoken member of the Florida media is very much already doing publicly about a situation that was apparently reported to the media before it was reported to the police or even the university.
Pat Tillman is essentially the Knute Rockne of Arizona State football, the central figure that will be as important to the program 100 years from now as he is today. And while Notre Dame will wear Rockne-themed uniforms later this season, so, too, will Arizona State.
The program revealed Tillman-centric uniforms on Monday for their Nov. 4 game with Colorado, based on the uniform Tillman wore as a member of the U.S. Army while fighting in Afghanistan.
Tillman played linebacker at Arizona State from 1994-97 (he was named the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior) and then spent four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before the events of 9/11 inspired him to join the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Army Rangers before he was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, at age 27.
Arizona State unveiled a Tillman statue at Sun Devil Stadium at its season-opening win over New Mexico State.
“Pat spent his whole life trying to be the best person he could possibly be,” Kevin Tillman, Pat’s brother, said at the unveiling. “He didn’t focus on money, he didn’t focus on fame, he didn’t focus on a pretty statue. It was, ‘How can I make myself a better person in all these different facets of my life?’ And ASU gave him an opportunity to do that.”
Florida has lost two in a row and is off to a 3-3 start, and that streak will probably reach three on Saturday after the Gators meet No. 3 Georgia. While everyone knows SEC fans are passionate about their football, some have taken Florida’s struggles too far.
How far? By threatening to kill the players and coaches.
“I think it’s a pretty good lesson for the way things are,” head coach Jim McElwain said, via Only Gators. “There’s a lot of hate in this world and a lot of anger. And yet, it’s freedom to show it. The hard part is, obviously, when it’s threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that’s brought upon out there. And yet, I think it’s really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what’s going on out there nationally. There’s a lot of angry people, and in this business, we’re the ones you take the shots at. And that’s the way it is.”
In my experience, it seems people lodging death threats are far more serious about the threat part than the, uh, other. But that’s easy for me to say, I’ve never received one.