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Clemson recovered from a 4-4 start to a 9-4 record last season. After three seasons without a CFP berth, there are several skeptics on what his team can do.
Clemson recovered from a 4-4 start to a 9-4 record last season. After three seasons without a CFP berth, there are several skeptics on what his team can do.

Clemson drops to fifth-best in ACC for national outlet's preseason Top 25


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The Athletic's Stewart Mandel released his latest preseason rankings, which saw movement at the top of the ACC.

Clemson dropped three spots to No. 22, the fifth-best in the conference.

Mandel, too, has learned of the Clemson transfer portal addition factoid.

"Dabo Swinney’s program was the only non-service academy to take zero transfers," Mandel said. "Running back Phil Mafah emerged as a star last season, but new offensive line coach Matt Luke needs to shore up the protection for quarterback Cade Klubnik. Getting back wide receiver Antonio Williams from injury is a boost. Linebacker Barrett Carter is a proven standout, and T.J. Parker and Peter Woods lead a revamped defensive line."

Who are the four ahead of Clemson in the ACC? Florida State (10), Miami (14), Louisville (18) and NC State (21).

"Mike Norvell again will rely heavily on the portal, starting with quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson/Oregon State)," said Mandel. "A pair of Alabama transfers, wide receiver Malik Benson and running back Roydell Williams, shined in the spring, and Georgia transfer Marvin Jones Jr. looks like FSU’s next great pass rusher. The secondary should be a strength with corners Fentrell Cypress II and Azareye’h Thomas, but the defense as a whole will be inexperienced."

Mandel's Top five are Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, and Oregon, where the Crimson Tide moved up from No. 8.

Based on the Top 25, the expanded CFP would be Georgia, Ohio State, Utah, Florida State, Texas, Alabama, Oregon, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma State, and a Group of Five conference champion.

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TigerNet News®
spacer We may finish 22nd, but there will not be four ACC teams ahead of us.
TigerGrad'93
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newnan®
spacer Right. What a joke of an article.
Tiger99and00
spacer Agree with you, But unfortunately lowly NCSU & MIA beat us last year***
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spacer Looks like the portal has been giving Dabo the finger thus far.
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spacer Somebody doesn't like Dabo and his stance on the transfer portal
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spacer In 2000? You realize we finished sixth last year, correct?
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spacer makdes sense the past few years
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