Athlon predicts FSU over Clemson in ACC Atlantic in 2017


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Cain could have a breakout season in 2017
Cain could have a breakout season in 2017

Clemson Football won their first National Championship since 1981, and the future looks bright with several excellent recruiting classes in their belt back-to-back-to-back. However, Athlon Sports released their ACC predictions for 2017 and had Florida State as their pick to win the ACC Atlantic division in 2017.

"Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have plenty of staying power, but a repeat of a national championship isn’t going to be easy in 2017," Athlon Sports said.

Winning two championships in a row is hard to do, but Clemson was close to achieving that accomplishment the last two years with Deshaun Watson under the helm.

"Replacing quarterback Deshaun Watson is enough of a task for co-coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, and the Tigers also lost running back Wayne Gallman and receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott early to the NFL. Additionally, center Jay Guillermo and tight end Jordan Legget have expired their eligibility. The cupboard is hardly empty on offense, as Tavien Feaster is a breakout candidate at running back, and left tackle Mitch Hyatt is one of the best in the nation. Vying to replace Watson under center will be junior Kelly Bryant, true freshman Hunter Johnson and redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper.

Clemson's defense is stacked for next season with a plethora of elite players on the defensive line.

"The defense loses tackle Carlos Watkins, linebacker Ben Boulware, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and safety Jadar Johnson. But coordinator Brent Venables is one of the best in the nation and should have this unit performing at a high level early in the 2017 campaign," Athlon Sports. "End Christian Wilkins and tackle Dexter Lawrence are two of the top returning linemen in college football next year."

The full prediction of the final standings next season in the ACC Atlantic were Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, and Boston College. The winners of the Coastal Division was projected to be Miami.

Tags: Deon Cain, Jay Guillermo, Carlos Watkins, Cordrea Tankersley, Mike Williams, Wayne Gallman, Ben Boulware, Jadar Johnson, Deshaun Watson, Artavis Scott, Kelly Bryant
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spacer they can't run on us, so it will be up their QB play to beat
El Tigre 1
spacer I don't know how you can say that at this point.
TigersAndCubs
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
ddclemson
spacer Cole Stoudt level offense ?
MRTTMT
spacer Re: Cole Stoudt level offense ?
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer I'll take the ~8 game sample size over the 1 bowl game.
TigersAndCubs
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
CUALUM75
spacer What do you mean a qb like watson. He isn't a heisman.
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Re: What do you mean a qb like watson. He isn't a heisman.
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
cutigergrad93®
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
tiggerz04®
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
cutigergrad93®
spacer Re: I don't know how you can say that at this point.
Salty55
spacer Cole has moved on and having a great year. You?***
Tiger5
spacer I'm not criticizing him as a human being, but he struggled
TigersAndCubs
spacer They picked FSU to win the Atlantic last year too
jtiger1®
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gotigrz
spacer This is not a crazy pick.
TigerTown
spacer Re: This is not a crazy pick.
WhoaNellyKJ®
spacer Re: This is not a crazy pick.
ddclemson
spacer Not so fast, Athlon...
StLouisTiger
spacer Re: Not so fast, Athlon...
ColaTownTiger
spacer That freshman starter was the reason why...
StLouisTiger
spacer Do you see any differences?
TigersAndCubs
spacer Not "always"... ;~)***
SOLOS®
spacer Eh, they had 221 rushing at 6.5 a pop and 3 TDs against us.
TigersAndCubs
spacer But...but...but... Lamont Jefferson still at luisville
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Every year it's something. Last 2 it was replacing D***
ColaTownTiger
spacer I predicts Atlantic in 2017 will be decided on the field
lhaselden
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reynolds357
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TigerFanClint
spacer Unless their line is vastly improved, Francis will be out
1portroyalty
spacer That's a reasonable expectation
ancientorange
spacer Who did they pick to win last year?***
CM Shack
spacer The picked FSU in 2015 and 2016 and 2011
Neal in NC®
spacer Our roster and returning players are better and have more
HumbleServant®
spacer That's some serious Kool-aid***
TigersAndCubs
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ComeonMan
spacer This year, i think i agree
jba6ch®
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cutigergrad93®
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allorangeallthetime52®
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