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Year after year, Clemson seemingly has excellent offensive talent, but always underachieves.
When they came into the 2008 season ranked No. 9 in the country, it finally looked like they were ready to have a breakout year under Tommy Bowden.
However, they continued to underachieve, as they got off to a 3-3 start, causing Bowden to resign midway through the season. Dabo Swinney was promoted to serve as interim head coach, and after leading Clemson to a 4-2 regular season finish, he received a five-year extension.
During the 2009 season, Swinney led Clemson to the ACC Championship Game with a 9-5 finish.
However, this season was a huge disappointment as Clemson finished 6-7, their first losing season since 1998.
The most embarrassing statistic is that their rushing attack somehow finished 79th in the country, with talented backs such as Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington in the backfield.
The pressure will really be on Swinney to win this year. If Clemson has another season like last year, he will almost certainly be fired.
However, he may have bought himself a little time, because he put together one of the best recruiting classes in the country this year.
Amazingly, Clemson signed four five-star players, more than any other team in the country. They signed two of the nation's best linebackers in Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony, and two of the best offensive players in Mike Bellamy and Sammy Watkins.
If Swinney can't win with that talent, then he will surely be fired. Whether or not he sticks around to coach those kids when they're impact players is the big question.
As mentioned earlier, Clemson almost always has plenty of talent on offense, and this year will be no different.
Some fans may worry about quarterback play now that Kyle Parker is gone, but Tajh Boyd will be just fine. He has phenomenal athletic ability, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him turn into one of the best players in the ACC.
Clemson is loaded at running back again, with Andre Ellington leading the way. Roderick McDowell will be great backing Ellington up.
DeAndre Hopkins is returning at receiver and is a star in the making. Jaron Brown, Bryce McNeal, and Marquan Jones will be the other main receivers.
The defense has plenty of playmakers with Brandon Thompson on the defensive line and Rashard Hall at safety.
This team has enough talent to have a good season, but it will be tough for anyone to overtake Florida State in the Atlantic Division. Swinney doesn't have to win the division to keep his job, but he better not disappoint either.
If this team underachieves again, he will surely be fired. However, don't be surprised to see Clemson have a decent year.