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It is hard to believe that when Dabo Swinney was hired as the interim head coach of Clemson midway through the 2008 season he was considered to be guaranteed interim. Nobody expected Swinney to be named the permanent head coach. Yet he was, much to the chagrin to most of the Clemson fans and donors. Swinney was given the time that he needed to build a national powerhouse. His vision has been fulfilled. Since 2011 the Tigers have won no less than 10 games in a season. In four of the last five years Swinney’s program has made it all the way to the national championship game. All five of those seasons were playoff campaigns. And in two of the last four years Clemson won the national championship. Clemson is now a top destination for the nation’s top recruits. Swinney’s roster is loaded with top ranked classes over the past several consecutive years. The Tigers begin 2020 as the favorite to win it all.
2020 Clemson Tigers at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +245
2020 Season Preview
Clemson is a premier marquee blue blood program in the eyes of the gambling public. But no matter how much retail the oddsmakers charge it usually doesn’t matter. Clemson got the money inn 10 out of 13 games for 2019. With their track record of championships and profits combined with those top ranked recruiting classes the Tigers are an understandable chalk. Especially with no serious opposition in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
2020 Clemson Tigers Schedule
Week 1: Thursday, September 3, at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Louisville Cardinals
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Akron Zips
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Virginia Cavaliers
Week 5: Friday, October 2, at Boston College Eagles
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, at Florida State Seminoles
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, NC State Wolfpack
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, Syracuse Orange
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, The Citadel Bulldogs
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, South Carolina Gamecocks
2020 Clemson Tigers Regular Season Preview
Offensively for Clemson it all begins with junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence. As a true freshman in 2018 Lawrence led the Tigers to the national championship. He played so well that it was almost a setup to fail. Lawrence had a better quarterback rating in 2019 but he was viewed as slightly more erratic. But with a 25-1 career record as starter Clemson would want nobody else.
Running back Travis Etienne Jr. will help keep defenses honest. The senior already holds the ACC record for rushing touchdowns with 56. Etienne could have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft but decided to stay in order to make another national championship run. He finished last year with 1614 yards rushing and 7.8 yards per carry.
The receiver corps is led by junior Justyn Ross and senior Amari Rodgers. Ross hauled in 66 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns last year and the number two receiver behind Tee Higgins. Rodgers caught 30 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. With Higgins off to the NFL, this WR tandem figures to add much more production.
The entire defensive line returns from last year’s stout unit. Of course, linebacker Isaiah Simmons will be difficult to replace as a top NFL Draft pick but that’s where Swinney’s recruiting will pay off.
In particular James Skalski is expected to fill the void at linebacker. The senior middle linebacker was second on the team for tackles last year.
Freshman defensive tackle Myles Murphy is also expected to be an impact player. The five-star recruit will get every opportunity for playing time as he impressed coaches and players alike with his improved build and work ethic.
The one constant that has kept Clemson nationally elite on the defensives side of the ball has been coordinator Brent Venables. Through tremendous annual turnover does he plug in new players and have them prepared to immediately contribute.
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