1. College Football News Preview 2020: Clemson Tigers Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
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From the scary career-threatening surgery that star WR Justyn Ross had to undergo, to the allegations made against assistant Danny Pearman, to the glaring spotlight on Dabo Swinney during this tumultuous time as he runs one of the nation’s premier programs, it’s been an – let’s just say – interesting offseason at Clemson.
Oh yeah, and this might still be the best team in college football.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it really, really helps to play in the ACC and not the SEC or Big Ten, but the program has lost a grand total of two regular season games in the last five years, and both – the 43-42 firefight with Pitt in 2016, and the Kelly-Bryant-got-hurt game at Syracuse in 2017 – were by four points.
Five straight ACC titles – the last three in total laughers – five straight College Football Playoffs, four national championship appearances, two national titles, and it has all become almost routine.
The team lost one of the greatest defensive front fours in college football history, and in some ways it was even better on that side of the ball.
The team lost six players to the 2019 NFL Draft, and everything kept on rolling. It just lost seven to the 2020 draft – not to mention Ross – and it’s still either the No. 1 team in the country, or close to it.
Having a backfield of Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne is just the start. Now the defensive line is experienced – to go along with all of last year’s production – and the talent level and coaching remain as high as any in the country.
How good is this team? Lawrence is the almost-certain No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and new recruit DJ Uiagalelei might be an even better prospect. You can do that at running back, too, and we’re about to see the talent rise up at receiver with Ross gone.
Set The Clemson Tigers Regular Season Win Total At … 11
But don’t take anything for granted. That’s the brilliance of a Clemson, and an Ohio State, and an Alabama, and an Oklahoma – they all make it seem normal that they’re right there each and every season.
The ACC is better, but Clemson will be a double-digit favorite in every game but – maybe – the trip to Notre Dame. That’s not to say that Virginia or Louisville couldn’t do something funky in Death Valley, and going to Florida State might not be a breeze, and South Carolina will someday pull off a win in this series again.
Figure on one hiccup somewhere, but again, that’s what makes this program what it is. It might lose one game, but it’s not losing twice.