Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
For the first time in 20 years, Clemson won the ACC title. Can they repeat?
Expectations are high for the Clemson Tigers. A breakout season last year put them on the national radar, which is both a blessing and a curse.
Clemson's schedule is rated the 49th-toughest in the country. That’s a solid number for a team looking to get to a BCS or other major bowl game.
The Tigers can’t afford a slip in their schedule. They will need to at least split against Virginia Tech and Florida State.
If the Tigers are going to lose one of those games, they can hope it’s to Virginia Tech. A loss to VT would hurt their ACC Championship hopes less than a loss to in-division FSU.
Last season, FSU went 9-4 and won the Champs Sports Bowl over Notre Dame. Virginia Tech went 11-3 and lost to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
Clemson has the opportunity to be a major player in the national title picture, whether it’s as a contender or a spoiler.
Will the Champs Sports Bowl be good enough for Clemson? Can the Tigers make the Sugar or Orange Bowl?
Is 11-2 a good enough record? Is the season a failure if there’s no ACC title?
Sixteen of the last 20 ACC titles have gone to either Florida State or Virginia Tech, and those two programs are the only ones to repeat as conference champions since 1989.
Clemson won three straight conference crowns from 1986-88.
Thirty-one years ago, the Tigers won the national title. Is this the year?
The country will be watching on Saturday as Clemson begins its quest to repeat as ACC champs.