Clemson will face tougher competition in a stronger and more talented ACC in 2012.
Despite winning the ACC and earning a BCS bowl bid in 2011, a couple of key losses prevented them from reaching even farther.
This year, there are key stretches that could determine the direction the Tigers take. But the month of October could play the biggest role in how successful Clemson can be in 2012.
Here's a look at how October will make or break the Tigers in 2012.