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BCS Ranking: No. 11
2012-13 W-L Record: 9-1, 6-1 ACC
Biggest Flaw: Run Defense
The Clemson Tigers may be a high-powered offense, but that does not mean that they're firing on all cylinders. In fact, Clemson's run defense is as weak as any in the nation.
Thus far, they rank 77th by letting up 169.0 rushing yards per game. This has allowed opponents to keep the Tigers' high-octane pass attack on the sidelines and control the pace of games.
As a result, they've allowed at least 27 points to four different opponents.
If not for the likes of Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers may not be a 9-1 team on the brink of BCS contention. Unfortunately, that one loss came against the Florida State Seminoles in a game in which they allowed 287 yards on the ground.
A game that has produced their reputation for the remainder of the season.
Truth be told, there aren't very many holes in the Clemson 22. They're sound in virtually all facets of the offensive game, with efficient enough play on defense to get by in the ACC.
The remaining question for Clemson is, what happened to Andre Ellington? Over the past three games, he's run for just 141 yards.
Without his production on offense, Clemson could be limited by an elite pass defense come Bowl season. Or South Carolina in two weeks.