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:
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.
Here are a bunch of Clemson coaches, wearing orange.
Here are Clemson’s quarterback and coach, about to eat actual oranges after winning a football game.
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.)