When this season started, there were few teams as under-the-radar as Clemson. They were unranked, untested and not expected to do much.
A new quarterback, rebuilt defense and new offensive coordinator caused the Clemson faithful to say, "If Clemson wins eight games this year, I'll be happy."
And even when Clemson did, they weren't really happy.
Clemson ripped through the first eight games of the season, and all of a sudden the expectation was raised.
All the way to talk of a national championship.
Unfortunately, the Tigers historically do not play well as the favorite. True to form, they lost momentum down the stretch, dropping three of their last four regular season games
And the one they did win was not pretty.
The talent is all there—Clemson just let it go dormant for a spell. Fortunately, they woke up against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game and for their efforts, earned a bid to the Orange Bowl.
Dabo Swinney has his work cut out for him next year, as Clemson is likely to be ranked in the top 15 come preseason 2012.
He knows his Tigers need some work, and help is on the way.
Here are six things the Tigers need to fix before next year when that bulls-eye on their backs will get even bigger.