The heat is on for Clemson’s opening pair of games

Clemson will open the 2015 season with a pair of early afternoon games at Death Valley. Gwinn Davis/Special to The Post and Courier/File

Clemson’s version of Death Valley will feel like Death Valley, Calif., around high noon the first couple of Saturdays to open the 2015 football season.

The ACC announced game times and TV assignments for the opening three weekends this fall, and Clemson will host Wofford Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network followed by Appalachian State Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN3.com.

This will mark the first season since 2001 in which Clemson kicks off its first two games at or before 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Temperatures in upstate South Carolina typically range in the mid-80s in early September.

Clemson fared just fine each of the past two years with early September kicks just after noon, dismantling South Carolina State 73-7 and 52-13 in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Head coach Dabo Swinney is 12-1 against teams currently not a part of a Power 5 conference. In the modern era, Clemson has won all seven meetings combined with Wofford and Appalachian State by a combined margin of 263-70.

Previously announced was Clemson’s ACC opener in Week 3, a trip to Louisville on Thursday, Sept. 17. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally by ESPN’s Thursday Night Football crew.

The ACC Championship will kick off from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in primetime on Saturday, Dec. 5, on either ABC or ESPN.

South Carolina takes on North Carolina in Charlotte to open the college football season on Thursday, Sept. 3. Louisville faces Auburn in Atlanta on Sept. 5, and Virginia Tech hosts national champion Ohio State on Labor Day, Sept. 7.