Last year the Clemson Tigers proved that they can contend with the top teams in the SEC when they beat LSU in the Chick-Fil-A bowl 25-24. Clemson will open up against Georgia on August 31st, and if they beat them they will make a huge case for why they can be considered to be a legitimate top 5 team in the country.
Think about it, LSU and Georgia both had neck and neck games with Alabama last season. Alabama won their game against LSU with a last minute touchdown drive on a screen pass to freshman running back TJ Yeldon. Their game against Georgia ended with the Bulldogs looking like they were going to score, as they were on Alabama’s 8 yard line with 15 seconds left and down 4, needing to score a touchdown. However the clock ran out as a batted ball was caught by one of Georgia’s receivers short of the goal line, with the clock running and no timeouts left for the ‘Dawgs to call.
But back to Clemson. Let’s run over each side of the ball real quick as Clemson is bringing back a considerable amount of returning starters.
Clemson has 7 returning starters on offense, two of which are All ACC preseason picks in Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, a pair not many opposing defenses are too excited to go up against.
On defense the Tigers have 6 returning starters. Defense is the bigger question for Clemson this year, as they look to be more balanced than they have in years past. Star freshman cornerback Mackenzie Alexander will look to contribute to a secondary who was arguably the team’s overall weakest position last season.
With a win against Georgia, Clemson will definitely receive the recognition they deserve as they can sometimes be snubbed by the national media being that they are an ACC football team in an SEC dominated era.