The Clemson Tigers are officially amongst college football royalty. They managed to stay atop the ACC for a second consecutive season and once again put off a challenger in a national semifinal. But this time around, when Clemson got its shot against Alabama, it got the job done. Dabo Swinney knows that his team is going to have a much tougher road to sow to have any chance whatsoever to get into the New Year's Six, let alone back in the College Football Playoff in 2017.
2016 Record: 14-1 SU, 8-7 ATS, 8-7 O/U
2017 Regular Season Win Total: 9.5
National Championship Odds: +2500
Odds To Win ACC: +460
In the regular season, Clemson didn't look nearly as dominant as most suspected would be the case. The Tigers were beaten by Pittsburgh at home and really flirted with potential disasters against Auburn, Troy, Louisville, N.C. State, Florida State and Virginia Tech over the course of the season.
When the rubber met the road in the College Football Playoff, though, Clemson was at its best. The team blanked Ohio State 31-0 to get a second straight crack at Alabama for a National Championship, and it finished the job this time around with a 35-31 victory capped off by Hunter Renfrow's touchdown with just 0:01 left to win it all.
It's going to be a long road ahead to rebuild this Clemson offense. Deshaun Watson, who threw for over 800 yards in two National Championship Games against Alabama, is now playing for the Houston Texans, while Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, ArDarius Stewart and Jordan Leggett are all gone as well.
The good news about having a veteran quarterback is that you know you're always going to have a chance with him. The bad news about having a veteran quarterback is that the cupboard is going to look awfully bare when he's gone. Kelly Bryant and Hunter Johnson are the two men who are left in Clemson now with Watson off to the NFL, and there's literally virtually no experience between those two men. Though the receiving corps isn't nearly as bare as it might seem thanks to the return of Renfrow and Deon Cain, the running backs with C.J. Fuller and Tavien Feaster will be a work in progress.
The Tigers are bringing back just six from their defense from last season as well. Losing so many seniors could be devastating to any program. Though Clemson has a slew of returning talent, there are just two projected senior starters, Dorian O'Daniel and Ryan Carter.
Saturday, September 2: Clemson vs. Kent State
Saturday, September 9: Clemson vs. Auburn
Saturday, September 16: Clemson at Louisville
Saturday, September 23: Clemson vs. Boston College
Saturday, September 30: Clemson at Virginia Tech
Saturday, October 7: Clemson vs. Wake Forest
Friday, October 13: Clemson at Syracuse
Saturday, October 28: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
Saturday, November 4: Clemson at N.C. State
Saturday, November 11: Clemson vs. Florida State
Saturday, November 18: Clemson vs. The Citadel
Saturday, November 25: Clemson at South Carolina
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