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While it's tempting to project a Final Four finish for the Clemson Tigers this year, I still think they are a year away. There are five key games for the Tigers in 2015. The challenges begin September 17 @ Louisville. The Tigers are the better team, but it's Bobby Petrino at home on a Thursday night on national tv. That makes it a toss up. Then Notre Dame visits the Valley on October 3rd. Clemson has two and a half weeks to get ready, and that will help. Georgia Tech's option comes calling the following Saturday. Tiger fans should be concerned about how the young defense will deal with the Yellow Jackets diving at their legs in the option attack. Will Clemson's defense be disciplined enough to play assignments and outscore Tech?
Clemson gets Florida State at home this year, but it's late in the season, on November 7th. Jimbo Fisher's crew may have figured out some things out by then. And, don't kid yourself, the trip to Williams Brice Stadium on November 28th will be a test. I expect the South Carolina defense to be surprisingly good. Of those five games, I figure Clemson drops two. And, that keeps them out of the four team playoff at 10-2.
That's it from this corner. Don't forget, I was spot on in 2014. My preseason call in this space last year was that the Tigers would finish 9-3 and beat a good, but not great, team in a bowl game.
College football is back and better than ever. The college football playoff was a huge success last year. Ohio St behind its third string QB made a historic run and captured the first College Football Playoff championship. Sept 5th can’t get here fast enough for the Clemson Tiger fan base. The end of the year produced a lot of excitement and optimism for the Clemson program. Dabo’s Tigers thumped the Gamecocks in the Valley and then smoked Stoopes Sooner's in the Russell Athletic Bowl to finish the year 10-3. The senior class led by Vick Beasley won 42 games, the most in its history. That 2014 senior class had 11 of those wins verse 8 of the top 20 winningest programs in the history of college football. Dabo has now beaten Les Miles, Urban Meyer and Bob Stoopes in consecutive bowl games. To say the guy is not a premier top flight college football coach is ludicrous and now its time for him to take it to the next level behind the greatest QB to ever lace them up in a Clemson uniform. That level is called The College Football Playoff.
You heard me correctly! Deshaun Watson is the greatest QB to play at Clemson right now. He is a legit Heisman candidate that is just as good a leader as he is a thrower. These types of players come through a program once a decade and Dabo knows he has to make it happen in the next two years behind Watson. Our defense is young but talented led by DB Mackensie Alexander and DL Shaq Lawson. Our offensive has Wayne Gallman and Artavis Scott in the backfield and Mike Williams out wide. The weapons are all over the place for Watson to break ACC and National offensive records this year. He already holds the all time NCAA efficiency rating for a Freshman QB at 188.
This is excited as I have been for a Clemson Football season in 25 years. In my 39 years on this earth this is the best talent Clemson Football has ever put on the field. Dabo has a great staff that will put this group in position to make it to the College Football Championship but will fall just short. They will win the ACC title and go 10-2 but will be left out of the playoff and have to settle for a Sugar Bowl match up vs Alabama. Dabo will beat Saban and set up the 2016 season has a pre season top 5 team that will be projected to make the next level. That level is The College Football Playoff! Oh and a side note. Clemson will beat the Gamecocks by 15 and the streak that they will be talking about in Columbia is how long Spurrier will stay.
Kyle Auffray is a 3 year NFL Tight end playing on 4 teams, the Cardinals, Patriots, Browns, and Raiders. He started his college career at Mississippi State under Sylvester Croom as a QB and finish at New Hampshire under Chip Kelly as a TE. Kyle also has a degree in Kinesiology along with multiple certification in the strength and conditioning world.
Kyle sees a strong field in the SEC this year, with his favorites being Georgia out of the east and Mississippi State out of the west.
He sees Clemson overcoming Florida State in the ACC and edging out Georgia Tech.
Ohio State is getting a lot of hype, but like the last 15 years, they are overrated, and has Michigan State coming out of the big 10.
Look for another TCU/Baylor mayhem in the Big 12 with no championship and possibly no playoff team.
Lastly look at a strong Arizona State team on the Pac-12 with a push from USC and of course Oregon.
Final 4 picks are Michigan State, Clemson, Mississippi State, and Arizona State!
Let's mix it up this year NCAA! Hail State! (Mississippi State that is!)