|Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:26 PM- -|
In yesterday's blog I wrote about the importance of winning in November. This year the Tigers won't win the division or the conference, but major accomplishments are still on the table.
Clemson will be favored in each of the last four regular season games. According to ESPN and their FPI rankings, Clemson has a 94.2 percent chance to beat Wake Forest, a 57 percent chance of beating Georgia Tech, a 99.5 percent chance of beating Georgia State, and a 70 percent chance of beating South Carolina.
If the Tigers can win out, including a bowl game, they can go 11-2. An 11-2 record would most likely get the Tigers in the top ten of the final poll. This would mark the second time in school history that Clemson would have three straight top ten seasons. In 1981 Clemson won the national title. They followed that up with an eighth place finish according to the AP Poll in 1982 and a tenth place finish in 1983. Clemson finished ninth in the coaches poll in 2012 and seventh in the same poll last season.
A top ten finish is possible for Clemson and three other teams that have also been ranked in the top ten the past two seasons. Clemson, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are the only four schools in the country who still have a chance to finish this year with three straight top ten seasons.
If the Tigers win at least ten games this year it will give Clemson four straight double digit win seasons. Clemson went 10-4 in 2011 and 11-2 in 2012 and 2013. Four straight ten win seasons has only happened once in school history. Clemson went 10-2 in each season from 1987-1991.
The current senior class is 38-10. The 38 wins are currently third in school history for wins by a senior class. The 1990 senior class won 40 games and the 1991 senior class won 39 contests. A win Thursday night could move the current senior class to a tie for second in school history. Three wins will break the school record.
School records on both sides of the ball continue to fall over the past four years. This defense has a chance to lead the country in several major categories this season.
The Clemson brand continues to grow and the presence of Clemson players in the NFL is another example of how good this program has been. What has happened to this program the past four years has been phenomenal. When you turn on the NFL on Sundays chances are you will see a Clemson player making a big play. This past weekend, six former Clemson players scored in the NFL.
Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
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Calhoun Falls, SC
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Tight End (2008 - 2011)
#83 6-3, 255
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Wide Receiver (2008 - 2012)
#18 6-2, 205
View Full Profile and Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
Running Back (2008 - 2012)
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC
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Finally, the last four years and the success of the program has helped recruiting and the future looks as bright as ever. Clemson is currently second in the country in recruiting according to rivals.com.
Maybe the next few senior classes will have a chance to break even more records and take the program to higher heights.
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