Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football program enter the 2023 season as one of the highest-ceiling teams, but at the end of the season there are many questions about whether they can fulfill their potential.
There’s a ton of talent on both sides of the ball for the Tigers. Defense-wise, the team should once again have one of the absolute best defenses in the country that should dominate the ACC. Most questions about the Tigers are offensive, where the talent is there, but they have yet to prove they can pull it all together.
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Over the past month, a lot of post-spring top 25 rankings have been released, with sites taking a crack at how they view the upcoming season. Athlon Sports was recently released his post-spring Top 25 for next seasonand the Tigers were outside the top 10.
Here’s what writer Steven Lassan had to say about Clemson.
Dabo Swinney didn’t sit still this off-season, despite the program winning double-digit games for the 12th straight year in ’22. Instead, Swinney made a bold move to hire TCU’s Garrett Riley as the program’s new coordinator to revive a crime that has grown old in recent years. Riley’s appointment is also good news for the development of rising star sophomore quarterback Cade Klubnik and dynamic running back Will Shipley. As usual, defense won’t be a problem with Clemson. The Tigers are loaded down the line and at linebacker. If Klubnik develops and answers appear along the offensive line and receiving corps, Swinney’s team will once again knock on the playoffs door.
If you want to put Clemson that low, at least he acknowledges the chance Clemson has in 2023 as they try to get back to the college football playoffs.
If Garrett Riley is the key piece the Tigers missed and the offense kicks in again, Clemson will be a dangerous team. We look forward to seeing things come together.