Clemson ranked No. 1 in ESPN's post-Signing Day ranking
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With National Signing Day in the books, we're a little closer to a clearer picture of the 2018 College Football Playoff race.
In ESPN's estimation, Clemson only improved its bid for the No. 1 spot.
Dabo Swinney's Tigers top the post-Signing Day poll ahead of reigning-champ Alabama, as well as Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma in the top-5.
"The good news keeps coming for the Tigers," ESPN's Mark Schlabach writes, "who signed a fourth straight top-10 recruiting class, after a handful of their draft-eligible juniors decided to return for another college season...After falling short of winning back-to-back national championships, the Tigers should enter 2018 as a heavy favorite to win the ACC and make their fourth straight appearance in the CFP."
Next-best among ACC competitors is Miami at No. 8, followed by Virginia Tech (15) and Florida State (18). Non-conference rival foe South Carolina checks in at No. 25.
The SB Nation ranking weighs metrics in recruiting, returning production and sustained success (5-year average) over a number of on-field areas. Behind a No. 1 ranking in key returners, Ohio State is currently the favorite there ahead of Alabama and Clemson. The Tigers rank third in returning production with a third-best 5-year efficiency average, while Alabama is fourth-best in returners and No. 1 in 5-year average.
In those metrics, Clemson is the far-and-away ACC leader with Miami next-best at No. 13 and Florida State at No. 18, despite its top-5 recruiting average.
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