ACC in the morning: Bowden plays down Clemson hype


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The hype is unwarranted, Tommy Bowden said at his annual golf outing with the media. Wait until the Tigers actually win something.

Problem is, Clemson fans have been waiting since 1991 for another ACC title, and in the same breath he deemed everyone's preseason predicitions "premature," Bowden also admitted he's got his most veteran team in a decade.

Bottom line? There are no excuses this year.

Should four new faces on the offensive line be a concern? Absolutely.

But talk to any football coach and odds are he'll take Bowden's situation -- a new offensive line and two outstanding backs -- in favor of a veteran line and mediocre ball carriers. Bowden is a good enough recruiter that the offensive line will come together soon enough. (I promise, though, that Clemson's line will not be first in today's o-line position rankings).

Here is the Charleston Post and Courier's take on it. Bowden is smart to try and temper expectations before the season opener against Alabama, but that's like trying to stop a train in its tracks with a lawn chair.

A few fans took objection to my preseason predictions, but I've said this before -- the hoopla surrounding Clemson has as much to do with the Tigers' talent as it does the lack of superstars throughout the rest of the league.

And the expectations are only going to continue so long as Bowden continues to add speedy players like Spencer Adams to his roster.

But enough about Clemson already, they're getting too much hype. . . .

Let's check in on the other Bowden -- and it looks like Florida State will have a few less season ticket holders in attendance this season.

And it's never too early to start piecing together what could be Jimbo Fisher's first recruiting class. You win some and you lose some, as the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Regardless, the FSU staff is still excited about the young potential on the roster.

Maryland, however, just lost some of it's young potential to Memphis.

Hey, at least he didn't wind up at Clemson.