Why Clemson will be an SEC favorite next season
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The Clemson football team will have a much better chance to reach its ultimate goal when it plays the SEC champion Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 4 in Atlanta.
It has been one of the greatest sports stories of the year.
In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricanes death, many fans and observers wondered what Clemson fans would do.
But in recent days, it appears they will have some of the best football in the nation.
In this edition of The College Football Roundup, we take a look at why Clemson is poised to be an ACC favorite next year and what you need to know about the game.1.
Clemson will have the best offense of any team in the SEC2.
Clemson has a quarterback with NFL-level athleticism3.
Clemson’s defense will be the best in the conference.4.
Clemson leads the ACC in rushing defense.5.
Clemson is the No. 1-ranked offense in the country and has a top-five defense.6.
Clemson enters the Peach Bowl as a favorite and has the No-2 overall ranking in the AP poll.7.
Clemson finished second in the ACC with a 29-3 record last season and was also second with a 9-3 mark against ranked opponents.8.
Clemson quarterback Deondre Francois has thrown for more than 4,500 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.9.
Clemson was ranked No. 5 in the polls for most points scored in a season.10.
Clemson QB Shaq Thompson is the top-ranked player in the college football world, according to ESPN.11.
Clemson plays the top opponent in the College Football Playoff in Alabama, a team that was eliminated from the College World Series by the Atlanta Braves.12.
Clemson lost a lot of talented players from last season’s team, but they will return in a major way.13.
Clemson beat Alabama last season, and the Tigers have a talented young offensive line.14.
Clemson won the SEC East and will be No. 2 in the final AP poll heading into the bowl game.15.
Clemson started to play more defense last season.
It has the second-best defense in the FBS.16.
Clemson defeated Alabama by the score of 16-7 in the Peach Dome.17.
Clemson scored 29 points in the second half to beat Alabama 38-31.18.
Clemson led Florida State 24-0 at halftime.19.
Clemson earned its third straight victory against Alabama in the Iron Bowl and beat the Seminoles 34-14.20.
Clemson knocked off Tennessee 28-14 in overtime.21.
Clemson overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 24-21 in the Orange Bowl.22.
Clemson played a solid defense last year, but it is still a long way from a top 10 defense.23.
Clemson did a better job of limiting the damage in the red zone.24.
Clemson ranked in the top 10 in rushing and scoring.25.
Clemson needs a great defense to get to the playoff.26.
Clemson and Tennessee are the only teams in the league to play in the bowl and will face each other again in the national championship game.27.
Clemson might have a better chance of beating Alabama in a bowl game than they did last season when they were a bottom-five team.28.
Clemson had a bye in the spring.29.
Clemson opened with a huge win over the Crimson Tide.30.
Clemson dominated the SEC West in 2016, defeating Alabama and Florida State.31.
Clemson went on a streak of four consecutive SEC Championship Games.32.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is a former Clemson quarterback.
He also coached the Orange and Blue in the 1940s and 1950s.33.
Clemson became the first team to reach the Sugar Bowl in 21 years and the first to win it since Notre Dame in 1971.34.
Clemson holds a tie for the second best record in the Southeastern Conference with a 20-1 record.35.
Clemson isn’t playing at Alabama.
They have the easiest schedule of any SEC team, including road games at Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn.36.
Clemson wins its last three games against ranked teams.37.
Clemson gets a win over a ranked opponent in bowl games to become the first ACC team to win a bowl in three consecutive years.38.
Clemson would win its last two SEC games to go undefeated in the division.39.
Clemson currently holds the second most games played by a team with two wins.40.
Clemson ranks second in total offense (6,858 yards) in the American Athletic Conference.41.
Clemson only allowed four rushing touchdowns in a game last season against Auburn.42.
Clemson returns seven starters on defense and returns nine starters on offense.43.
Clemson got beat by Alabama twice in the last three years.44.
Clemson doesn’t have a losing record since 2011.45.
Clemson hasn’t been to the Peach since 2005.46.
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