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Is Clemson the team to beat next season? (link)

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 1:28 PM
 

https://n.rivals.com/news/take-two-is-clemson-the-team-to-beat-next-season-

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 1:41 PM
 

A$M in week two , on their field ...will be our toughest test . FSU and whoever we face in Charlotte .
I see this team as having a big chip come September , and I have no fear in stating that we should be ...nay , will be undefeated in the ACC .
I don't ( aside from injury epidemics and weird stuff lingering at the QB position ) see us losing to anyone on our known schedule .
That's how I see this upcoming season . Playoffs are a different story .
We have a team capable of another National Championship .

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 1:43 PM
 

Our defense is going to be absurdly good, can't wait to see them play.


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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 3:44 PM
 


A$M in week two , on their field ...will be our toughest test . FSU and whoever we face in Charlotte .
I see this team as having a big chip come September , and I have no fear in stating that we should be ...nay , will be undefeated in the ACC .
I don't ( aside from injury epidemics and weird stuff lingering at the QB position ) see us losing to anyone on our known schedule .
That's how I see this upcoming season . Playoffs are a different story .
We have a team capable of another National Championship .



The thing about A&M is that they really don't have a ton of talent and I really, really question if they've got a QB that Jimbo Fisher can work with.

I don't like either of their QB's. Freshmen Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond split time last year, and both were in and out with inconsistency and injuries. Starkel was a fallback 3-star guy but he was probably the superior passer - he hit 123 of 205 for 1793 yards, 14 TD's, and 6 INT's...but he rushed for -42 yards and he's basically a statue who can't extend plays. Bad. Mond honestly looked like a 5-star flop or at best a fizzle...he was only 117 of 227 (51.5%, which is lousy) for 1375 yards against 8 TD's and 6 INT's, though he did added 340 yards and 3 TD's with his feet. Jimbo's offense usually features a pro-style guy so I'd look hard at Starkel to start since Mond's accuracy and decision-making are really suspect, but Oh My, is Jimbo's system ever complicated and hard for young players to grasp.

But can A&M protect the immobile Starkel...and how effective is Jimbo's often-clunky system going to be in just Week 2? Even if Starkel (or less likely, Mond) really take to Jimbo-ball, I very much doubt the O is going to look very good early since neither guy has any sort of foundation in the system; they're going from Sumlin's HUNH spread to a drop-back pro-style, which is a big switch. And their offense just wasn't particularly good anyway - it was just 56th overall last year. (Their D was even worse, ranking just 78th overall, out of 129 teams...and they lost 7 of 11 starters on that side of the ball to boot. Ouch.)

They were a 7-6 team and looked like a 7-6 team, and they lost by far their best player in WR Christian Kirk, who jumped early to the NFL draft. I think we'll move the ball pretty much at will against their D...and I'm not convinced their offense will even be able to get out of their own way against us.


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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 2:37 PM
 

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 3:55 PM
 

Is Clemson "the" team to beat next year? No, I believe that is Alabama because they are the defending National Champions.

However, we will be atop of most schools "want to beat" list.

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