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 2018.
The Clemson Tigers have been one of the more dominant college football programs since the College Football Playoff came into existence. Only the Alabama Crimson Tide have more appearances ( 4 ) than that of Dabo Swinney’s Tigers ( 3 ). The Tigers have been a part of college football’s take on the Final Four each of the last three seasons, and linemakers once again expect Clemson to be a major player heading into the 2018 CFB betting season.
The Tigers have crossed paths with the Crimson Tide all three years it participated in the CFP. With that, it comes as no surprise to see Bama the only team with shorter odds to win it all this upcoming season. Clemson currently checks in with a +459 return on investment to win the 2018-19 National Championship after originally opening at 6-1.
It’s also the -207 runaway favorite to win the ACC for the fourth straight season and will open the season against Furman at home looking to take one step closer towards surpassing its 11 game season win total. The Tigers only have 12 games on the docket, so much is expected from this team in 2018 from linemakers and college football bettors alike.
With Kelly Bryant expected to improve in his senior campaign and one of the nation’s best defenses returning almost fully intact, it makes sense as to why so many are bullish on this team entering 2018. Clemson was led by the stop unit a season ago. One that surrendered less than two touchdowns per game and ranked No. 4 in total yards allowed.
Brent Venables has an NFL caliber defensive line at his disposal with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant all passing on the NFL. While there are some holes to fill in the back seven, mainly the secondary, the guys up front will make the new guys’ jobs that much easier as they learn on the fly. The depth behind them is also some of the best in the country.
You got another thing coming if you think the production from this unit is going to taper off this season!
For the Tigers to take it to the next level this year, Kelly Bryant is going to have to take his game to the next level. He’s a proven runner after rushing for 665 yards and 11 scores a season ago, but he leaves a bit to be desired throwing the pigskin. Should he falter in any way, shape or form, it’s highly likely stud recruit Trevor Lawrence could step in and become the missing piece to the puzzle.
Clemson is solid up front, has a solid 1-2 backfield punch in the forms of Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne, and has speed to burn at receiver in Diondre Overton and Tee Higgins with each expected to have breakout campaigns. All these guys need Bryant or Lawrence to step in and turn the offense into the explosive and efficient unit that makes an already fantastic defense that much more lethal.
To top it all off, the schedule is hardly daunting. Sure, visits to College Station and Tallahassee pose as road blocks, but this program is at a point now that it’s likely going to be double-digit favorites in both of those matchups. What those looking to hit Clemson’s over 11 wins must not forget is that the Tigers have shown a penchant for losing games they should win. And do so convincingly.
The Tigers fell at Syracuse as 24 point favorites to suffer their only regular season defeat. The prior season, they lost at home to PITT as three touchdown home favorites. So, lose a game to say Wake Forest or NC State in the middle of the season, and the games against FSU, Louisville and South Carolina become all the more harrowing at the tail end of it. In order to cash your season win total wager, you need perfection. While it’s highly likely the Tigers make it four straight trips to the CFP, there simply just isn’t enough value to endorse investing in an undefeated regular season campaign.
Week 1: Furman vs. Clemson, Saturday, September 1, 12:20 p.m. ET – ACC Network
Week 2: Clemson at Texas A&M, Saturday, September 8, 7 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 3: Georgia Southern at Clemson, Saturday, September 15, 3:30 p.m. ET
Week 4: Clemson at Georgia Tech, Saturday, September 22
Week 5: Syracuse at Clemson, Saturday, September 29
Week 6: Clemson at Wake Forest, Saturday, October 6
Week 7: Bye Week
Week 8: NC State at Clemson, Saturday, October 20
Week 9: Clemson at Florida State, Saturday, October 27
Week 10: Louisville at Clemson, Saturday, November 3
Week 11: Clemson at Boston College, Saturday, November 10
Week 12: Duke at Clemson, Saturday, November 17
Week 13: South Carolina at Clemson, Saturday, November 24
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