247 Sports’ Josh Pate talks Clemson and the ACC (Photo by Getty Images)
How little the Clemson football program has been challenged in recent seasons during conference play has been well documented. While Tiger fans don’t want to hear it, the ACC has been on a downward trend since 2016.
Actually, downward trend is putting mildly. The level of play inside the ACC has fallen off of a cliff, culminating in a 2019 season that saw the league be as bad as it has been in recent memory. Maybe as bad as it has ever been.
On one hand, it’s hard to imagine the conference being as bad in 2020. On the other hand, how much better will it really be?
Only one team finished ranked in the top 25 in 2019…. Clemson. While it does look like there will be some improvement, don’t expect a large jump. UNC will almost undoubtedly be ranked in the preseason polls, and Louisville could as well.
However, outside of those three teams, there just doesn’t look to be a lot there. Maybe NCST takes a step forward after an injury plagued season. Or could Florida State flirt with a top 25 ranking in year one under Mike Norvell.
One team to keep an eye on is Miami. With Dan Enos out and Rhett Lashlee in as offensive coordinator, expect major improvements on that side of the ball.
What does Josh Pate of 247 Sports The Late Kick think? Check it out.