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  • Clemson Will Keep Proving Itself To You People

    The Big Lead "The college football industrial complex keeps dealing Dabo Swinney the disrespect card. He keeps playing it for his team. It's a bit pedantic but certainly understandable considering the situation. After all, just many consecutive games does a side have to win before they are given the..." December 10

  • Let the debate begin: Trevor Lawrence vs. Justin Fields for the Fiesta Bowl

    247 Sports "The 2019 Fiesta Bowl isn’t short on intriguing storylines. Ohio State is attempting to halt Clemson’s quest for back-to-back titles. The Buckeyes will try to avenge a 31-0 loss to the Tigers in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Chase Young and Trevor..." December 10

  • Clemson OC Jeff Scott likely to become next USF coach

    247 Sports "Bulls247 and Clemson247 have learned that Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott is likely to become the fifth head coach in USF history. Sources have told Bulls247 that Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly travelled with Scott during the Tigers ACC Championship..." December 09

  • College football odds, picks, lines, spreads for Championship Week, 2019: Model reveals top predictions

    CBS Sports "There are plenty big favorites during Championship Week, according to the latest college football odds. Clemson is giving Virginia 28.5 points in the 2019 ACC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Ohio State is a 16.5-point favorite over Wisconsin in the 2019 Big Ten..." December 07

  • College Football Playoff committee may have difficult decision leaving out either Pac-12 or Big 12 champion

    Larry Brown Sports "College football has five “power” conferences and only four teams in their playoff. That means one conference champion gets left out of the playoff. In some seasons, when there are several 2-loss teams, that is not a big issue. But this season is different. Things are shaping up for..." December 03

  • CFP Rankings: Top 4 unchanged, Alabama falls to No. 12

    The Score "With the final rankings less than a week away, another powerhouse school is out of the playoff hunt. The College Football Playoff selection committee unveiled its fifth rankings of the season Tuesday without any change to the top four, but with SEC..." December 03

  • Dabo Swinney rants about unfair treatment by CFP: 'They don't want us there'

    The Score "Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney suggested that his team is being held to an unfair standard in the College Football Playoff race after it blew out South Carolina 38-3 on Saturday. "Obviously, if we lose this game, they are going to kick us out," said Swinney about the..." December 01

  • College football recruiting: The quarterbacks to know ahead of the 2019 early signing period

    CBS Sports "As we survey the teams circling the College Football Playoff, it's clear the importance of landing the blue-chip quarterback in today's modern, offense-friendly football. Ohio State has Justin Fields, LSU has Joe Burrow, Clemson has Trevor..." November 27

  • Justin Fields Might Pass Trevor Lawrence as the Top Prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft

    The Big Lead "Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields will soon be locked in a tight battle. The two Georgia natives have never faced each other in college, but they're in competition with each other be the first quarterback selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence has been getting massive draft hype..." November 27

  • The craziest college football playoff scenarios after the latest rankings are released

    247 Sports "The College Football Playoff picture underwent a bit of a shakeup Saturday as Oregon and Penn State’s losses catapulted Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Baylor up the rankings. The new top six are now: No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Alabama and No. 6..." November 26

  • College football major position awards finalists announced

    The Score "The finalists for a number of major college football awards were announced Monday. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young are both nominated for multiple honors. Here are the notable award..." November 25

  • Despite its dominance, Clemson has become an afterthought, but the reigning champs are gearing up

    CBS Sports "The reigning national champions were mentioned just five times on Tuesday night's College Football Playoff Rankings teleconference. Once was during a conversation about the conundrum the Orange Bowl faces if there is no other ACC team in the CFP Rankings. The other mentions were..." November 21

  • How Clemson's dominance and the mediocrity of the ACC has put the Orange Bowl in a bind

    CBS Sports "As reigning national champion Clemson rushes toward a fifth consecutive conference title and another presumed College Football Playoff berth, one of the more unique challenges of this season has emerged. That is how to best describe the quality of the league the Tigers play in, the..." November 21

  • CFP Rankings: LSU sticks at No. 1, top 6 remain unchanged

    The Score "The third edition of this season's College Football Playoff Top 25 was unveiled Tuesday with few significant changes from last week's list. The top six remained unchanged, as LSU slotted in at No. 1 for the second straight week. Ohio State, Clemson,..." November 19

  • Which teams are most likely to make the College Football Playoff?

    Larry Brown Sports "Though we’re only two weeks from the various conference championship games across the college football landscape, there remains a considerable amount of uncertainty in how the College Football Playoff field will come together. There are only a couple teams who can really feel confident..." November 19

  • NFL draft prospects to watch: Alabama's Jerry Jeudy needs a bounceback game

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "We’re hitting the home stretch of the college football season — single tear forming — but there are many good games this week, with 22 of the top-25 teams in action, including four games involving two ranked teams facing each other. We didn’t feature a..." November 14

  • CFP Rankings: LSU moves up to No. 1, Alabama drops out of top 4

    The Score "The second edition of this season's College Football Playoff Top 25 was unveiled Tuesday with significant changes from last week's list. LSU moved up from No. 2 with a huge win over Alabama. The Crimson Tide dropped to fifth,..." November 12

  • Wake Forest loses star WR Sage Surratt for the season ahead of showdown with Clemson

    CBS Sports "Wake Forest wide receiver Sage Surratt will miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury against Virginia Tech that will require surgery, Dave Clawson said Tuesday.  Clawson provided the update to reporters at his regularly scheduled availability..." November 12

  • Clemson left out of playoff in first CFP rankings of season

    Larry Brown Sports "The College Football Playoff committee on Tuesday released its first rankings of the season, and there are two big takeaways. One, they have Ohio State ranked No. 1. Two, they have the defending national champion Clemson Tigers ranked fifth, which means they would not be in the..." November 05

  • Clemson is playing dangerous College Football Playoff game

    New York Post "Not a single win over a team currently ranked. Just four victories over teams above .500, and one is Wofford. A near loss to 4-5 North Carolina. It scheduled Wofford and Charlotte as part of its non-conference slate. The best win came against mediocre Texas A&M, which is in fourth..." November 04

  • How each College Football Playoff contender could fare with its backup quarterback under center

    CBS Sports "As the College Football Playoff picture starts to come into focus, it's understandable that quarterbacks like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Fields and Joe Burrow have become the faces of their team's playoff runs. But in four of the five College..." November 02

  • Friday Five: The top players who would benefit from selling their name, image and likeness right now

    CBS Sports "It says a lot that earlier this week the NCAA released a statement saying it had "voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness" and there wasn't more of an uproar over the decision. Think..." November 01

  • Why C.J. Spiller was the critical recruit to help start the Clemson dynasty

    USA Today "Four losses in five games to end his freshman season in 2006 made C.J. Spiller consider leaving Clemson and transferring to Florida, where second-year coach Urban Meyer was building a powerhouse at a program located just a short drive from Spiller's hometown of Lake..." October 26

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney tops salary list at $9.3M, passing Alabama's Nick Saban at $8.85M

    ESPN "Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took over the top spot in the annual coaches salary database, published by USA Today on Tuesday. Swinney made $9.3 million in total pay, surpassing Alabama's Nick Saban at $8.85 million. Swinney agreed to a 10-year, $93 million..." October 22

  • Clemson player rides bus home instead of plane after ejection for throwing punch against Louisville

    USA Today "Andrew Booth Jr. had plenty of time to ponder his mistakes this weekend. The Clemson Tigers cornerback rode the managers' bus home from Louisville, Kentucky, instead of finding his seat on the team plane, head coach Dabo Swinney said, because he was ejected for punching a..." October 21

  • Dabo Swinney Sticks Up for Trevor Lawrence and Compares Him to Deshaun Watson

    12 Up "Trevor Lawrence has been largely underwhelming under center this year for the Clemson Tigers. After lighting the NCAA on fire in 2018 with his electric and almost flawless play, Lawrence has made far more mistakes and fewer impressive passes in 2019. His..." October 19

  • Stop comparing Clemson, Trevor Lawrence with 2014 Florida State, Jameis Winston

    Sporting News "When Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw his second interception in the first half of Saturday's 45-10 victory against Louisville, the comparisons flared up again. The Tigers, coming off 15-0 national championship season, are perceived as this year’s version of 2014..." October 19

  • College football winners and losers: Parsing through the remaining unbeatens

    Washington Post "It’s down to a dozen. At the midpoint of the regular season (seven full weeks in the books, seven more to come before the conference title games), there are 12 undefeated teams left in the FBS. Not all unblemished records are the same, and some of those perfect teams have far..." October 19

  • Something is Legitimately Wrong With Trevor Lawrence Right Now

    12 Up "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence entered the 2019 season facing some astronomical expectations. As a true freshman, Lawrence dominated the field to the tune of 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns against only four interceptions. Now a sophomore, analysts and fans alike..." October 19

  • Clemson's Swinney changing starting kickers for Louisville game

    The Score "Apparently, not everything's perfect with No. 3 Clemson. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said backup kicker Steven Sawicki would start on Saturday against Louisville after starter B.T. Potter missed a 24-yard field goal try right before halftime against Florida State. It was..." October 14

  • AP Top 25 poll: LSU jumps Clemson for No. 2 spot in latest college football rankings

    CBS Sports "The new AP Top 25 poll was released Sunday afternoon, with LSU leaping past three spots to reach No. 2 after beating Florida 42-28 on Saturday night. The Gators didn't fall far, moving from No. 7 to No. 9. LSU moved past both Clemson and Ohio State, even..." October 14

  • Dabo Swinney's Stephen A. Smith Impression Among the Worst You'll Ever See

    The Big Lead "The First Take gang was down in Clemson today in advance of the Tigers' game tomorrow against Florida State. The ever-electric Dabo Swinney swung by the set and was asked quite a question by Stephen A. Smith. Is he worried that an undefeated Clemson could miss the College..." October 12

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney gets testy when asked about a possible injury to quarterback Trevor Lawrence

    CBS Sports "Trevor Lawrence's sophomore season with No. 2 Clemson hasn't exactly gone according to plan. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback came into the season as one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy after leading his team to a national championship and undefeated season,..." October 10

  • Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in college football poll

    ESPN "Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots Sunday after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25..." October 07

  • North Carolina regrets taunting of Clemson fans on video board

    ESPN "North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said he regrets that the Tar Heels ridiculed Clemson fans on the video board during the Tigers' 21-20 victory at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. During a timeout, a handful of Clemson fans were shown on the..." October 01

  • Clemson football isn’t making much sense right now

    New York Post "Right now, Clemson isn’t the best team in the country. It isn’t even No. 2. There is an argument it shouldn’t be in the top four if the season ended today. That’s not to say the Tigers aren’t making the College Football Playoff. I believe they will end up..." September 30

  • Mack Brown jokes about his strategy for beating Dabo Swinney, Clemson

    Larry Brown Sports "Mack Brown gets his first real “welcome back” moment to college football when his North Carolina Tar Heels host Clemson on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-0, ranked No. 1, and have established themselves as the class of the ACC and college football for the last several years. " September 26

  • Top 5 Heisman Trophy candidates for 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "The college football season is nearing the quarter mark, and the race for the College Football Playoff is in full swing. So is the race for the Heisman Trophy, with a talented group of players — primarily quarterbacks — who have already put themselves in contention for the..." September 25

  • Forbes Reveals Most Valuable College Football Programs With Surprising School at No. 1

    12 Up "Over the last 4-5 years, the top two college football programs have been the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, with everyone else far behind. You can imagine, then, that each school is raking in serious revenue befitting such success. And yes, both programs are...." September 13

  • How Clemson WR Amari Rodgers made an unlikely return less than six months after ACL tear

    USA Today "November was normal. October was optimistic. September seemed impossible. Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice on March 25. After reconstructive surgery, Clemson doctors and trainers estimated he could return to action in..." September 11

  • College football schedule, games 2019: What to watch in Week 2, TV channels, kickoff times

    CBS Sports "If Week 1 was the college football appetizer, Week 2 is going to provide fans a feast of epic proportions. Why? Because we get two of the biggest nonconference games of the year spread out for your afternoon and evening viewing pleasure. No. 1 Clemson will host No...." September 07

  • Dabo Swinney does not think Clemson deserves No. 1 ranking

    Larry Brown Sports "Dabo Swinney is not here for the rat poison the media is trying to give his team. Swinney’s Clemson Tigers began the year as the preseason No. 1 team. His squad maintained its spot atop the rankings after the first week of the season. " September 05

  • Texas A&M lineman promises 'there will be an upset' in Saturday's game at Clemson

    CBS Sports "Joe Namath is famous for predicting that his New York Jets would upset the Indianapolis in Super Bowl III, and it sure feels like Texas A&M offensive lineman Jared Hocker is attempting to do his best Namath impersonation.  The 6-foot-5, 323-pound junior guard of the No. 12..." September 02

  • Clemson, Alabama stars headline AP preseason All-America team

    The Score "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years,..." August 20

  • Clemson ranked No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

    The Score "The Associated Press released its annual preseason Top 25, and the defending national champion Clemson Tigers will enter the season ranked No. 1, just ahead of the team they beat in the title game, Alabama. Georgia comes in at the No. 3 slot, with Oklahoma and Ohio State rounding out..." August 19

  • The 10 college football coaches with the hottest of hot seats entering the season

    USA Today "For every head coach with rock-solid job security — Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban, to name two — there are a couple of dozen firmly on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season. One name in particular stands out: Southern California coach Clay Helton. On the heels of last..." August 19

  • Clemson's recruiting budget has skyrocketed under Dabo Swinney

    Sportsnaut "In the decade since Dabo Swinney became head coach of the Clemson Tigers football team, the entire program has skyrocketed in many ways. Among the biggest changes is Clemson’s budget for recruiting players. According to The Greenville News, Clemson spent $292,595 in its..." August 15

  • 25 Names You Need to Watch for 2019 College Football Season

    Bleacher Report "Heading into the 2019 season, there is a general consensus on the top players in college football. However, the order changes a bit when thinking about the most noteworthy. We've highlighted 25 names you should prepare to hear constantly this campaign. Many of them are..." August 15

  • Should Kelly Bryant get a national championship ring from Clemson?

    Newark Star-Ledger "  Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is getting a national championship ring, but he’s definitely not putting a ring on everyone who was on the team last season. Former quarterback Kelly Bryant left the team midseason after being replaced by Trevor Lawrence and Swinney feels..." August 12

  • Kelly Bryant fine without title hardware from Clemson: 'A ring is a ring'

    The Score "Kelly Bryant says he harbors no ill will toward Clemson for not offering him a national championship ring as a result of his decision to leave the team during the season. "A ring is a ring," the senior quarterback said Friday, according to Peter Baugh of The Athletic...." August 10