College Football 77 in 77: #47 Clemson Tigers


Clemson mascot

We’ve arrived at our first “I just don’t get it” college football team in the 77 in 77. I just don’t see why everyone is so high on the Clemson Tigers? They were an unimpressive 6-7 last year, and an even more unimpressive 4-4 in the extremely blah ACC. Their defense could take a couple steps backward this year, after losing some guys to the NFL, including Da’Quan Bowers, one of the most talked about picks in the 2011 draft.

And the D carried last year’s squad, because the offense was a train wreck. And the special teams was lacking as well. People must REALLY be high on new offensive coordinator Chad Morris


2010 was: mediocre and blah. Clemson finished 4th in a very uninspiring ACC Atlantic Division. Losing to South Florida in a very unfortunately named bowl game. The Tigers finished in the high 70s and high 80s nationally in all the major offensive categories. And they were an abominable 111th in red zone efficiency. They were very solid on d though, top 20 in almost all major categories including 13th in points per game allowed.

BMOCs: QB Tajh Boyd is a major question mark. How far you think this team can go depends on how much of a “sleeper” you believe him to be. Andre Ellington and Mike Bellamy are elite backs. Top returning talent on defense include LB Quandon Christian, S Rashard Hall, and DT Brandon Thompson

2011 will be fruitful if: the offense improves dramatically from last year. Coach Dabo Swinney believes that Morris can truly revolutionize this unit, as he’s good friends with Gus Malzhan the guru of go from Auburn, and before that Oregon. The defense should be stout once again, but not as good as last year.

2011 will be awful if: The WRs and Boyd can’t connect when they throw the ball. The receiving corps is the team’s second biggest weakness? #1 is the kicking game, as Chandler Catanzaro is a very, very weak starting placekicker. Clemson missed 7 kicks inside the the 38 last season.

Bottom Line: In the ACC, anyone can go 6-6. Because the conference is (with the exception of Florida State, Virginia Tech and Miami, maybe NC St. and Maryland) mostly a crapfest. (But hey, at least it’s not as bad as the Big East). But if Clemson’s passing game and kicking game is at least serviceable, the Tigers should go back to a bowl.

BC Rankings: #38 Athlon, #30 Lindy’s, #30 Phil Steele


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Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports You can follow him on Twitter

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  1. Tiger Diesel says:

    What an idiot. Stick to college baseball coverage Mr. Banks

  2. michael way says:

    Your cheese has officially slide off your cracker

  3. My first “I just don’t get it” is how you can consider a team that hasn’t sniffed a top-25 preseason ranking anywhere overrated. Secondly, you seem to ignore the top-rated wide-receiver class coming in to play. Lastly, you lost me when you mentioned the elite of the ACC as “maybe NC St.” – especially when you failed to mention Virginia Tech at all.

  4. paulmbanks says:

    my bad on Va Tech. I just had a brain fart there. I have the Hokies up high in my rankings. thank you for pointing that out.

    as for the overall theme. Look at where Athon, Steele and Lindy’s have them. I just don’t get it. I just don’t see it. That’s what I meant. But I see where you’re coming from. It’s hard to overrate a non-ranked team.

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