Power rankings: No. 16 Clemson
August, 7, 2012
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Clemson is one of the most talented teams in the country with its offensive skill positions, but the over-riding storyline heading into this season is how the Tigers will replace three starters each on the offensive and defensive lines. Clemson's offense should take another step forward in the second season under coordinator Chad Morris, as record-setting receiver Sammy Watkins returns along with quarterback Tajh Boyd and 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington. The defense will go through a transition under first-year coordinator Brent Venables, and will rely on defensive end Malliciah Goodman to help compensate for the loss of leading pass-rusher Andre Branch. The Tigers have a legitimate chance to defend their ACC title and can put an embarrassing Orange Bowl loss behind them, but they have to improve quickly up front.
Final Georgia Tech 27 Virginia Tech 24 Final Iowa 24 Pittsburgh 20 Final Maryland 34 Syracuse 20 Final Tulane 13 Duke 47 Final Maine 10 Boston College 40 Final Louisville 34 Florida International 3 Final Virginia 33 21 BYU 41 Final Army 21 Wake Forest 24 Final North Carolina 41 East Carolina 70 Final Presbyterian 0 North Carolina State 42 Final Miami (FL) 31 24 Nebraska 41 Final/OT 22 Clemson 17 1 Florida State 23