Clemson entered 2011 unranked in the AP Poll and did not even receive a single vote for the top 25. Yet, thanks to breakthrough performances from Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and others, Clemson went 9-3 last season and absolutely dismantled No. 3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game.
This season, the Tigers return as ACC champs but are getting little respect. Even with a No. 14 AP ranking, most are counting on a Florida State-Virginia Tech ACC championship.
Clemson simply isn't getting enough credit for last year's ACC victory. They have the talent, confidence and experience to pull off yet another conference championship.