Daily Five: The College Football Playoff Teams Will Be ...

Daily Five: The College Football Playoff Teams Will Be ...

2018 Spring Football

Daily Five: The College Football Playoff Teams Will Be ...


1 seed: Clemson Tigers

Hell hath no fury like a Clemson Tiger team scorned. Just ask the 2016 version after coming so achingly close to winning it all in 2015.

Check that. Hell hath no fury like a slew of future pro stars who feel disrespected by the NFL draft advisory board process that had them undervalued had they come out early.

It’s not overhyping the potential of the Clemson defensive front as one of the best in recent college football history, with Dexter Lawrence a top three overall pick whenever he’s ready to come out, and with Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, and Christian Wilkins all way too good to still be in college.

All the O has to do is put up 14 points on most days, and that should be enough.

Throw in all the talent back on an offense that returns seven starters, factor in the upgrade at quarterback with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – QB Trevor Lawrence – and all the makings are there for a preseason No. 1 team that might just go wire-to-wire in the top spot.

Why They’ll Get Into The College Football Playoff

Oh, and by the way, in case you missed it, that defensive line that allowed 115 rushing yards and 13.6 points per game last year is pretty good.

Yeah, there’s an early date at Texas A&M, and going to Georgia Tech to try hitting the curveball is always dangerous, and dealing with Florida State on the road will be a statement moment, but the schedule isn’t bad.

NC State, Louisville, and South Carolina all have to come to Death Valley – as does Syracuse in a revenge date. The Tigers can afford one slip, but it’ll take a special effort by an FSU, or a fired up Gamecock team, or a Wake Forest in Winston-Salem to catch them on the wrong day.

This year, there’s Clemson, and there’s Miami, and there’s everyone else, and the Tigers and Canes don’t play in the regular season. There’s no Virginia Tech, either.

Why They’ll Miss Out On The College Football Playoff

All the pressure put on Clemson all season long takes its tool, and two bad days ruin the dream.

And the quarterback situation becomes a problem.

Lawrence is way too good and is obviously THE guy, and he’s great – right up until that one true freshman three-pick meltdown at Wake Forest. Or at Georgia Tech. Or at Texas A&M, Florida State or Boston College.

There’s one loss along the way, and this year, Miami takes the ACC title with a fantastic effort. And/or, Florida State is Florida State again, and the Tigers don’t even get to the title game.

What’s Really Going To Happen?

The defense will make up for all of the other mistakes.

Clemson won’t be perfect, but the problems will be cute. Like, it needed a 24-point third quarter to put this team away, or there were two special teams mistakes which kept that game within two scores late.

The defense will be on a mission all season long, and it’ll show, as Clemson takes the No. 1 overall spot in the College Football Playoff for the third time.

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17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
9. Top Make Or Break QB Battles
8. Crazy Predictions That Might Be Right
7. Group of Five Teams In CFP Hunt
6. Possible Power Five Disappointments
5. Possible Power Five Surprises
4. Ranking The Group of Five Conferences
3. Ranking The Power Five Conferences
2. Ranking The Top Heisman Candidates


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