Clemson ranked #2 in ESPN's CFB Power Rankings


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Scott is back to lead an impressive group of wide receivers
Scott is back to lead an impressive group of wide receivers

ESPN released its preseason College Football Power Rankings on Monday afternoon and the Clemson football team was ranked #2 overall behind only defending national champion Alabama.

"Despite nearly winning the College Football Playoff, coach Dabo Swinney can feel the blowback coming: gripes from fans that the likable coach and his pulpit sideline speeches are becoming bigger than the program he's built," ESPN said. "That's why we haven't heard much out of Swinney in the months leading up to his eighth full season as chief Tiger. But don't expect it to last. "Coach, quiet? C'mon, man," says a chuckling Deshaun Watson, the quarterback who will be on every Heisman short list. "He might try, but you know that isn't going to last." In fact, neither Swinney nor his record-breaking QB-the first in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season-will be able to stay under the radar for long. Even if the lid manages to stay on through September, it will pop off by Halloween, when Clemson travels to Tallahassee to face FSU in what might very well be a play-in for the playoff."

The Top 25 schools in the power rankings were Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Stanford, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Houston, Michigan State, Washington, TCU, USC, UCLA, Georgia, Louisville, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa, North Carolina, and San Diego State.

In ESPN's interesting FPI, Clemson has the following season projections: 10.5 wins, 1.9 losses, 31.8% chance to win the ACC conference, and a strength of schedule of 36th in the nation.

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