The case for
The Tigers bring back the ACC's best player and best offense. Quarterback Tajh Boyd lit up the ACC in 2012 to the tune of 3,896 passing yards and a conference-record 36 touchdowns. The senior has a trio of talented receivers to help him match last season's performance. Junior wideout Sammy Watkins looks primed to bounce back from a down year in 2012, while fellow juniors Martavis Bryant (10 catches for 305 yards) and Charone Peake (25 for 172) should be ready for bigger roles. With the bulk of a veteran offensive line intact—led by senior tackle Brandon Thomas and senior guard Tyler Shatley—Clemson could actually outdo last season's averages of 512.7 yards and 41.0 points, both school records.
Clemson's defense showed improvement under new coordinator Brent Venables in 2012, finishing third in the league in scoring (24.9 points per game), and the front seven is as experienced as any part of the roster. Clemson has only won the ACC once since 1992, but it looks as if coach Dabo Swinney's team has the talent to make a BCS run.
The case against
If Watkins stuggles again, the Tigers will need new players to emerge. They also have no proven replacement for two-time 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington.
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