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Clemson adds Alabama tombstone to football graveyard for national title win

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Clemson has added four new tombstones to its football graveyard, including one for Alabama.

The tombstones were added Wednesday to the graveyard, which is located near the school’s football practice facility.

Since 1989, Clemson has commemorated significant wins – a ranked opponent on the road, a bowl game or a championship game – by adding tombstones to the graveyard. Overall, the Tigers now have 32 tombstones, including 13 that have been added under current coach Dabo Swinney.

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The Alabama tombstone signifies Clemson’s 35-31 national championship win over the Crimson Tide in January, which was a rematch of the same game from one year earlier. The win gave the Tigers their second national title in school history.

Clemson’s other three tombstones were for its wins over Florida State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. The Tigers beat the Seminoles, 37-34, on the road in October; the Hokies, 42-35, in the ACC championship game; and the Buckeyes, 31-0, in the Fiesta Bowl, which also served as a College Football Playoff semifinal game this past season.

Not including the possibility that it reaches the ACC championship game and a bowl game(s) again, Clemson plays Louisville, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, NC State and South Carolina on the road next season. The Cardinals and Hokies seem like the most likely teams of that group to be ranked when they play the Tigers.

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(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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