CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Will Clemson return to the top of the ACC? CBS Sports' latest prediction is for just that.
Will Clemson return to the top of the ACC? CBS Sports' latest prediction is for just that.

CBS Sports' bold prediction for Clemson football this season


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CBS Sports' bold prediction in its latest season preview puts Clemson back in the College Football Playoff.

College football writer Chip Patterson has Clemson taking back the ACC crown among his bold calls for the 2024 campaign.

"Maybe a stretch for 'bold,' and certainly not spicy since the Tigers are co-favorites to win the ACC along with Florida State," Patterson said, "but this prediction comes with additional expectation that Clemson will reassert its dominance against lesser teams in the conference. While Pitt or Syracuse would weaponize itself every now and then for an upset or upset scare, Clemson largely ran through a good portion of its ACC schedule during its six-year reign as league champion. I think we get back to those kind of wins from Clemson thanks to an improved passing game that should benefit from a healthy wide receiver room and the arrival of instant impact young players like Bryant Wesco Jr."

The expanded 12-team CFP will take the Top 5-ranked conference champions and seven at-large teams. The Top 4-ranked conference champs, likely from the four 'Power' conferences, earn the four highest seeds in the format.

Patterson lists Clemson in the second tier of national title contenders as well:

Clemson (40-1): If you do think Clemson will win the ACC, I don't hate this pick as a flyer seeing how the ACC champion is likely getting a bye to the quarterfinals of the CFP. Does Clemson have the roster to win three games against the best team in the country? We'll know a lot more by the end of the season opener against Georgia.

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