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Committee has eyes on the Tigers

With high hopes for the upcoming season, Clemson fans will be happy to know that the CFP selection committee will be paying close attention to two games in particular this season. Which matchups are they?

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Top breakout players in 2015: Nos. 30-21

A pair of up-and-coming Pac-12 QBs and exciting playmakers for SEC West contenders headline the breakout players Nos. 30-21.

8hMatt Hinton

Grantland: Reverse Engineering a Champion: Five Traits That the Last 10 College Football Kings Have Shared — And What That Tells Us About This Year’s Favorites

Ohio State looks like a champion in the making … but what does a modern college football champion look like, exactly? To answer that, we unearthed five common traits that the past 10 champions have shared, and then attempted to identify which of this year's 15 front-runners check the most boxes. OSU and UCLA fans, you're going to like what you see. TCU fans, run.

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Versatile Green poised for big season

After being moved from receiver to safety a year ago, a lot is expected out of T.J. Green in Clemson's secondary. Green is also expected to remain a primary kick returner. Breakout players: Nos. 30-21 (Insider)

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Williams outmuscled for No. 1 spot

The Tigers' Mike Williams could be dangerous in the NFL, but he needs to address a few flaws in his game. Find out why he lands just shy of No. 1 on the list of draftable college wideouts. Top WR prospects in 2016 (Insider)

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1dDavid M. Hale

ACC preseason quarterback rankings

David Hale ranks the ACC teams by the strength of their quarterback positions, with Georgia Tech and Clemson leading the way heading into the season.

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1dTodd McShay

McShay: Top WR prospects for 2016

Which wide receivers are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Michael Thomas and Laquon Treadwell.

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2dAndrea Adelson

Top 10 ACC games of 2015

The top 10 games on the ACC schedule include a showdown at Death Valley that could have College Football Playoff implications.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson starting defensive tackle D.J. Reader is taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons, the school announced. Dabo Swinney does expect him to return at some point, but his departure is a big blow for a group that already had to replace all four starters on the line. Reader was slated to take Grady Jarrett's spot. Now, sophomore Scott Pagano and freshman Christian Wilkins will contend for the starting job.

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Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader leaving the team for personal reasons. Dabo Swinney unsure when he might return.

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Clemson starting DT D.J. Reader to “step away from football” for unknown amount of time for "personal issues"

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2dHeather Dinich

Dinich: Games the committee will watch closely

Every game matters to teams with College Football Playoff aspirations, but some matchups can make or break a season. Here's an early look at games with huge playoff implications.

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"That’s what I’m most proud of,” said Coach Swinney. “We’ve developed outstanding men. We’re not perfect, but we have a great group of guys. Eighty percent of guys who have gotten a shot to play in the NFL have made a roster. That speaks to the growth they’ve gotten as a man at Clemson. “We’re in the love and serve business…we just happen to coach football. We’ve had great wins and moments, but how are we impacting players’ lives and educating them? “People don’t like me saying that, but it means more to me than any win ever could.” #ALLIN #Clemson

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