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Can Clemson End Drought, Claim Second National Title?

The Clemson Tigers came within just five points of being national champions last season, but that failure should ignite a club that is returning the core of their team in 2016. The most notable returnee is Deshaun Watson, who accounted for over 4000 passing yards, 1000 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns last season.

2016 National Championship Odds

Clemson opened at +850 to claim just their second national title in team history – the first coming in 1981.

In order to ensure a spot in the playoffs, Clemson will almost certainly need to go at least 13-1, which is manageable considering they play in the relatively weak ACC Atlantic. Clemson ended their regular season a perfect 13-0 last season with a scoring differential of +18.3.

Clemson has a pretty easy non-conference schedule this season, which means their biggest obstacles standing in the way of a perfect regular season record comes vs Louisville and at Florida State.

ACC Championship Odds

Clemson is a favorite to win the ACC and it’s not even really close. The Tigers are +150 with the only team remotely close being FSU (+225). That is logical as one of those two teams have represented the Atlantic in each of the past seven seasons – with either Clemson or Florida State winning the conference in each of the past five years.

However, the entire division needs to keep an eye out for Louisville. The Cardinals closed out last season by going 8-2 in their final 10 games with Lamar Jackson having some fantastic performances. Clemson beat Louisville 20-17 last season, but the Cardinals had yet to turn to Jackson at quarterback at that point.

Season Win Total

The highest win total in all of college football has been given to Clemson, as the O/U is posted at 10.5 (-130/EVEN). Clemson has won 11 or more games in three of their past four seasons – though they did pick up 10 victories in 2013. 

In the past four seasons, Clemson has only lost to teams ranked 12th or higher in the national polls – with three of those coming against Florida State. If you look at Clemson’s schedule there are maybe two teams that could find themselves ranked that high – barring a miracle.

Most Important Player: Deshaun Watson

I wish I could get cute with this, but Watson is the only choice. He led Clemson to one of the most dynamic offenses in the country last season and a berth in the college football semifinals. Watson accounted for 47 touchdowns last season, which was over two-thirds of all points scored by Clemson.

Watson could very well be hoisting the Heisman by the end of the season.

2016 Clemson Tigers Futures Odds
2016 National Championship+850
ACC Championship+150
Win Total10.5

Odds as of August 6 at Bovada