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Auburn urges fans to wear orange for football game against Clemson, a team whose primary color is orange

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Auburn hosts Clemson on Sept. 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) in one of the marquee games of college football’s opening week. It’s a bout between two teams of Tigers, if you will.

A few weeks ago, Auburn released a clothing guide for fans attending all of its home games. For the Clemson opener, Auburn is asking fans to wear orange. (Hat tip to Clemson site TigerNet for catching this.)

This would ordinarily be a pretty regular decision. Orange is, after all, one of Auburn’s school colors, even if the team’s home jerseys are navy blue:

Alabama v Auburn
Auburn’s home jerseys: blue.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

But calling for fans to wear orange for a game against Clemson, specifically, is odd. Auburn doesn’t play Tennessee this year, and Clemson is the sole opponent on Auburn’s schedule that makes orange a color priority.

And, look, Clemson loves orange.

Here is a Clemson player, wearing orange.

CFP National Championship - Alabama v Clemson Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Here are a bunch of Clemson coaches, wearing orange.

Clemson v Boston College Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Here are Clemson’s quarterback and coach, about to eat actual oranges after winning a football game.

Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson v Oklahoma Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

If there is a desired effect of having all your fans wear orange for a home game against Clemson, this is unlikely to have that effect. (Unless that effect is making all the visiting fans look like home fans, which, whatever.)