The Tigers, the Clemson Tigers that is, went into the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU, with many analysts writing off Clemson due to its supposed lack of physicality, and constantly reminded college football with their 27-17 loss against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
But on New Year's Eve, the Tigers in orange played like a team with something to prove and made a statement with a last-second field goal by kicker Chandler Cantanzaro to ice the LSU Tigers, 25-24. In a game where the Clemson Tigers took hits on offense, they gave them right back by consistently moving the ball against LSU's top 10 defense and giving out some hard hits from their struggling defense, which emerged in the primetime spotlight.
Tajh Boyd came out with a vengeance, a Clemson defense known for giving up the big plays made the big plays that ultimately provided Clemson with the chance to win, and the entire team responded when things started to tip in LSU's favor.
The Tigers certainly started out the New Year on the right foot, and now Tiger fans have to wait until next fall to see gametime action. But for Tiger fans, it's not over quite yet. The offseason is where it all begins anew, and that could provide a look for what the Tigers may do in 2013.
Here are some things the Tigers will be looking for come the offseason and the rest of 2013.