So, how badly did Clemson want that opener against the Dawgs? This badly ($$).
Typically, when Clemson does its scheduling, it has a set of priorities it aims to accommodate. The first is to have seven home games per year, which is usually nonnegotiable.
I’m glad the Tigers swallowed that priority in the interest of scheduling an entertaining start to the season. Although I imagine the spoonful of a $5 million to $7 million payday helped make the medicine go down easier.
By the way, if you need a morning chuckle, check out this hot take on the game, from a Clemson fan’s perspective. It’s too stupid to even make for good bulletin board material.