In 2014, Clemson (10-3, 6-2 ACC) was an extremely talented team that didn’t live up to its potential until it wrecked an unsuspecting Oklahoma Sooners team in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 40-6.
Though they lose 12 starters – eight on what was the No. 1 total defense in the country – and are without stud offensive coordinator Chad Morris (who left for the SMU head coaching vacancy), many are still projecting the Tigers as one of college football’s most dangerous mysteries heading into the 2015 season.
Clemson was listed No. 23 on my Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 back in early January, but there are so many questions and concerns that could turn into positives that inevitably helps it become a contender for the next College Football Playoff.
Bleacher Report columnist Greg Wallace is jumping on the bandwagon, naming Dabo Swinney and company as one of his 10 teams that could not only make a playoff appearance, but win it.
Can Clemson take the next step? It’s worth debating, and here are five reasons why it can happen.