Clemson came within one game of playing in a BCS bowl last season and went on to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Tigers bring back several key players, including senior Tajh Boyd (3,896 passing yards, 514 rushing yards), who is one of the best QBs in the nation. Boyd has a strong target in wide receiver Sammy Watkins (708 yards, three TDs), who is healthy after an injury-riddled 2012 season. The Tigers should do well in ACC play. Their toughest challenges will come in an early-season game against Georgia and a late-season matchup against South Carolina. If Clemson can finish the regular season with one loss or fewer, it will be selected to play in a BCS bowl game.
Text: Vidur Malik
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