We would win it all this year there isn’t a team out there better then us, we just needed help from the QB and WR unfortunately it didn’t happen. Still love the way the team never gave up and battled to a 9-3 record during a down year
for high rankings. Now, we have to work our way back up to even being considered. Among other things, we will have to beat the brakes off of inferior opponents to impress the voters. "Just getting by" won't cut it. Remember, the voters (Sports Writers and Coaches) all listen to the talking heads... and lest we forget, the talking heads don't want Clemson at the top of the heap.
I think it will be a long, uphill trudge to get back near the top.
You only have to look at the current rankings to see that this is true. They kept us out of the rankings for most of the season. Looking at some of the teams ahead of us is a joke. I don’t care tbh it was a rebuild year, unexpectedly. Dj has to be more consistent and so do the receivers. That said the defense should be lights out so that gives us a shot.
I like your optimism, but even with DJ improving we still need our receivers to get healthy AND improve their pass catching AND blocking. Way too missed games, drops and missed blocks this year. We're not "elite" again until those items get fixed.