After missing out on the College Football Playoff that past two seasons, the Clemson Tigers have their eyes set on making it back in 2023.
After another Top 10 recruiting class in 2023, 247 Sports analyst Dean Straka named the Tigers one of ten teams with the potential to win it all next season.
“Head coach Dabo Swinney knows how to win national championships, guiding the Tigers to titles already in 2016 and 2018. Factor in new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley with the existing talent at Clemson, and the Tigers have potential to become an offensive juggernaut with 5-star quarterback Cade Klubnik taking the snaps. Riley, the younger brother of USC head coach Lincoln Riley, won the Broyles Award in 2022 as college football’s top assistant after TCU rode one of the most productive offenses in the country to a national title game appearance.”
“And mind you, TCU had a roster that ranked outside the top 30 in terms of on-paper talent. If Riley, who developed TCU quarterback Max Duggan into a Heisman finalist, can get the most out of Clemson’s much-higher-ceiling talent in 2023, watch out. Within the ACC, Florida State figures to be the biggest threat to Clemson after Mike Norvell and the Seminoles broke through for 10 wins 2022, but Clemson gets that matchup at home in 2023.”
Spring practice is set to begin next month, with the spring game set for April 15.
Clemson and Notre Dame have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
For the second time this season, Clemson will be an underdog at home.
Despite Clemson’s astonishing loss to Miami, the Tigers will head to Raleigh next week favored over NC State.