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Cade Klubnik and the Tigers look to retake the ACC crown this season.
Cade Klubnik and the Tigers look to retake the ACC crown this season.

PFF ranks Clemson in Top 15, projects Playoff chances


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PFF released its latest power rankings and projections for the 2024 college football season, and Clemson's Tigers have something to prove.

Dabo Swinney's team ranks 15th overall, which slots eight spots back of ACC leader Florida State.

The outlet gives Clemson only an 8.1% chance of winning the ACC crown, and therefore clinching an almost-automatic bid for the 12-team College Football Playoff (top-5-ranked conference champions get a spot), while FSU doesn't have a commanding edge there (15.4%).

UNC rounds out the ACC teams in the Top 25 tier, at 25, with an 8.9% chance of winning the conference, while NC State is only a spot behind with a higher projected ACC champion chance than UNC and Clemson (11%).

When it comes to CFP odds, Clemson is 18th overall (21%) and third from the conference behind FSU (41%) and NC State (23%).

The Tigers' schedule is rated 38th strongest, only five spots behind Florida State's (33).

Atlanta-opener opponent Georgia leads the power ranking, with a 19% national title chance, followed by Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Penn State, Washington and LSU.

According to the rankings, a 12-team CFP would be Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Kansas State, Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Penn State, Washington, LSU, and Troy.

2024 Clemson schedule (PFF power ranking)

Aug. 31 vs. Georgia* (1)

Sep. 7 App. State (57)

Sep. 21 NC State (26)

Sep. 28 Stanford (109)

Oct. 5 at Florida State (7)

Oct. 12 at Wake Forest (72)

Oct. 19 Virginia (101)

Nov. 2 Louisville (28)

Nov. 9 at Virginia Tech (35)

Nov. 16 at Pitt (74)

Nov. 23 The Citadel (unranked)

Nov. 30 South Carolina (45)

*Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

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