Clemson No. 2 in Preseason Rankings, Gamecocks Ranked as Third Best Team in State

The gap keeps growing wider between Clemson and South Carolina, despite the firing of Will Muschamp and hiring of Shane Beamer.

Pro Football Focus ranked every single college football team in the country and Clemson comes in at No. 2 behind Alabama.


National Championship Win Probability: 17.0%
Conference Championship Win Probability: 58.0%
Highest-Graded Returning Player: EDGE Myles Murphy (85.2)

Like Alabama, Clemson lost significant pieces to the NFL. But unlike Alabama, we were able to see the heir apparent to Trevor Lawrence last year in D.J. Uiagalelei who in 124 dropbacks earned a 77.6 passing grade, making five big-time throws while generating zero turnover-worthy plays (and no interceptions, to boot). The market is super heavy on the Tigers to win the ACC (-835), which is a bit steep, but they should be in the mix come December, as they always are.”- PFF

While Clemson coming in at No. 2 isn’t all that surprising, what might surprise some is the fact that Coastal Carolina ranks higher than the rival South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Chants come in at No. 30, pretty respectable for a G5 program. As for the Gamecocks, you’ll have to scroll a little while before finding them. South Carolina ranks all the way down at No. 73.

Maybe it’s Coastal Carolina that has now assumed the role of “little brother” in the eyes of Clemson fans around the country, seeing as the Gamecocks could now be looked at as the “little brother” of the Chants.

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