ESPN ranks Clemson with toughest ACC nonconference schedule


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Watson hopes to lead the Tigers to a victory over the Gamecocks again.
Watson hopes to lead the Tigers to a victory over the Gamecocks again.

ESPN Stats and Info have released its rankings on Monday of the toughest ACC nonconference schedules for the next five years. Clemson is ranked with the toughest schedule in the ACC (46.5 score) with Georgia Tech close at second place (46.3). The Tigers are ranked seventh nationally overall.

"The Tigers and Yellow Jackets -- the favorites among many early projections for ACC division titles -- also have the league's two toughest non-conference slates for the foreseeable future. Clemson ranks seventh nationally and Tech checks in eighth. That could prove vital in the short-term, with this season far less likely to produce an undefeated champion, thus requiring a more nuanced case for the playoff."

The Tigers have a lot of work to do to match their consistent play from the last few years.

Clemson has a 42-11 record over the last four years which is the most wins in a four-year period in school history. The Tigers joined Alabama, Florida State and Oregon as the only schools in the nation ranked in the Top 25 of the polls for the last four seasons.

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