New Clemson bowl destination projected

by - Staff Writer -
Clemson is projected to make its first Rose Bowl appearance.

So, how about a trip to Pasadena for the New Year?

Three sites are now projecting Clemson's first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl.

Sports Illustrated picks Clemson to make its third-straight College Football Playoff appearance, facing Penn State in southern California. Alabama and Oklahoma are the other projected CFP semifinal in the Sugar Bowl there.

ESPN and CBS Sports projections have USC going cross-town to host Clemson. Another ESPN prediction has a Tigers-Crimson Tide rematch in Pasadena.

"Clemson beat Auburn 14-6 on Saturday night to solidly establish itself as a playoff contender," CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm writes. "Clemson's defense certainly looked playoff-worthy against Auburn. It gets another huge test this week at Louisville, where Lamar Jackson will try to put up some more video game numbers; he lit up North Carolina for over 500 yards of offense this week.

"Obviously, Clemson will be a tougher challenge. It moved up to the No. 2 seed in the CFP projection this week because I believe it will end up with a better strength of schedule than USC."

A Rose Bowl-run would check a box for the Tigers historically, making each of the traditional big four games after multiple appearances in the Orange Bowl and one appearance each in the Cotton and Sugar bowls.

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