Clemson Football will have a down year

Clemson football has been the second best program in college football since their 2015 College Football National Championship loss.

They would be first, if not for Alabama. For a time, some even said the Tigers were better than Bama.

While that is no longer the case, they are absolutely in the top tier with Alabama, if the 1B to their 1A.

That being said, I suspect a down year for Clemson. Here’s why.


This is the most obvious one.

They lost the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck this past season.

This level of QB prospect comes along once every decade or so, and they had him.

How could it not be hard to adjust?

DJ Uiagalele is a fine prospect, but he is no Trevor Lawrence.

For God sakes, they lost to Notre Dame with him.

That is a tough look. There will be regression here.

Clemson Football Scheme For New QB

I suppose this could have gone in the last category, but whatever.

Trevor was gifted at a level you rarely see.

It stands to reason that the entire offensive scheme will need to shift to make up for his loss.

The scheme that allowed Lawrence to shine and play as the elite QB he was will not be back.

DJ cannot make those throws…and it wouldn’t be fair to expect him to.

The new scheme will be tighter and allow defenses to break it down more easily, let alone a defense at the level of Alabama’s defense.

Offensive Talent

Besides the QB position, there will have to be a whole lot of new guys stepping up on offense.

Clemson, as usual, had some NFL talent. They lost a bunch on offense this past season, along with the QB.

The Tigers lost Etienne, Rogers, and Powell to the draft – 3 skill position guys to go along with an offensive guard (Carman).

There is a TON of talent to make up in the skill roles AND a new qb?

That is a tall order to ask for this offense that, at times, sputtered last season.

The defense will be killer, but the offense may take a while to warm up.

Because of this, I am expecting a regression this season (for Clemson).

I’m thinking 3 losses for the first time since 2014 is in the cards for Clemson football.

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