Kent State vs. Clemson
Kent State won 3 games in 2016 against 2 FBS opponents (Buffalo and Central Michigan) with a combined record of 8-17 or .320%. The Golden Flashes won those games by a total score of 71-44 or 13.5 points per game. Kent State also defeated Monmouth (FCS) by a score of 27-7.
Kent State lost 9 games in 2016 against 8 FBS opponents (Penn State, Alabama, Akron, Miami (OH), Ohio, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois) with a combined record of 66-40 or .667%. The Golden Flashes lost those games by a total score of 254-113 or 17.6 points per game. Kent also lost to NC A&T (FCS) by a score of 39-36.
Since 2009, under Dabo Swinney, the Clemson Tigers are 7-1 week one of the college football season (against FBS and FCS opponents). The Tigers have won those games by a total score of 247-107 or 20.0 points per game. Clemson’s lone loss during that span was in 2014 against Georgia (45-21).
Since 2009, Clemson is 22-11 or .666% against FBS out-of-conference opponents and have won those games by a total score of 768-399 or 16.7 points per game.
From 2014-2016, Clemson is 12-2 or .857% against FBS out-of-conference opponents and have won those games by a total score of 413-179 or 19.5 points per game.
Clemson won 14 games in 2016 against FBS opponents (Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College, NC State, Florida State, Syracuse, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Alabama) with a combined overall record of 112-59 or .654%. The Tigers won those games by a total margin of 487-227 or 18.5 points per game.
Clemson also defeated SC State (FFCS) by a score of 59-0 in 2016.
The Tigers lone loss came to Pittsburgh (8-5 overall) by a score of 43-42 in Death Valley. The Tigers went on to claim their first National Championship since 1981.
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