Dabo Swinney is already complaining about his matchup with the Duke football team.
It is officially game week in college football because Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is already complaining about his team’s locker room when they play the Duke football program on Monday night.
Swinney called it a “journey” to get from the field to the visitor’s locker room for halftime at Wallace Wade Stadium.
A standard college football halftime is 20 minutes and the Clemson head coach said that the two or three minute walk back to the dressing room would cut into the team’s abilities to make halftime adjustments.
“In college football you barely have time to use the bathroom…We’ll walk briskly,” he continued on his weekly radio show.
Clemson enters the season ranked No. 9 in the Preseason Associated Press Top-25 Poll following what many close to the Tiger program are calling a ‘disappointing year’ after not being in serious contention for the College Football Playoff despite winning the ACC Championship.
Swinney’s team has not played in Durham since 2012.
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The Blue Devils were one of the most surprising teams in the country last season during Mike Elko‘s first year as a head coach.
He led Duke to a nine win season — the most wins the program had since 2014 — and a bowl victory after three straight years without making the postseason.
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Now, he returns starting quarterback Riley Leonard as the two look to take the next step in their journeys in Durham.
Duke and Clemson were already going to be one of the most interesting matchups of the opening weekend of college football and now it has a little more juice heading into kickoff.
Game time is slated for 8:00p.m. ET on Monday, September 4 (ESPN).