Clemson listed as a dark-horse candidate for CFB Playoff
Watson is currently #6 overall in ESPN's Heisman Watch
Pro Football Focus has released its five dark-horse candidates for the college football playoff and Clemson made the list alongside Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Arizona and Tennessee.
"The Florida State Seminoles remain favorites to win the ACC for a fourth consecutive time, but they look more vulnerable than ever," PFF said. "If they are to topple then it’s likely that Clemson will bring about the fall. The Tigers have an explosive offense led by dual-threat quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-2, 207
View Full Profile, (with his 83.7 overall rating). Watson has talent to work with — wide receivers Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 213
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So. Wide Receiver
#3 5-10, 191
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Gr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-2, 214
View Full Profile (72.3) make up one of the strongest receiver groups in the nation. The issue for the Tigers is replenishing the defense, which has lost considerable talent and experience. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables has gifted players to work with, but it may take time for the 2015 defense to approach the standard set by the 2014 team. If they gel fast, and if Watson remains healthy, Clemson will be a very dangerous team indeed."
Clemson has been ranked in the final top 25 by USA Today Coaches Poll each of the last four years, joining Alabama, Oregon and Florida State as the only programs which includes a top 15 ranking for Clemson each of the last three years.