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12-2, 1st in ACC - Atlantic

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson backup quarterback Zerrick Cooper will transfer, leaving Hunter Johnson and early enrollee Trevor Lawrence to push Kelly Bryant for the starting job in the spring. Johnson was the No. 21 rated player in the 2017 class and Lawrence is the No. 2 player in the 2018 class so the Tigers should have a heated competition for the starting job.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC released the 2018 schedule, and what stands out the most about Clemson's schedule? After a bye week, the Tigers have to play their three toughest Atlantic opponents three straight weeks: NC State (Oct. 20) at Florida State (Oct. 27) and Louisville (Nov. 3).

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Dabo Swinney told ESPN back in September that he built the Clemson program from the inside out, which should be on display next season more than ever with Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell all returning to school to join Dexter Lawrence on the Tigers' defensive line. All four are projected as NFL first-round selections, and there are a couple of younger players on the roster that could push that total to seven or more future pros on next season's Clemson defensive line.

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7dMark Schlabach

Clemson's '18 outlook brightens as 4 to return

The Clemson defensive unit will return some big studs next season, with underclassmen Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell, both linemen, returning for 2018. Cornerback Mark Fields and linebacker Kendall Joseph also will be back.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret Tweeted Saturday night that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney announced at team banquet that underclassmen Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Kendall Joseph and Mark Fields are returning for their senior seasons in 2018. Swinney did not provide information about junior Christian Wilkins.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award following the Tigers' ACC title and third consecutive trip to the playoff. Swinney has won the award each of the last two seasons. The winner will be announced tonight in Houston.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson starting left tackle Mitch Hyatt will return for his senior season. “I have some unfinished business on the field and I know another year will benefit me," he said in a statement. "And, it is very important to me to finish my education."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Just spoke with Dabo Swinney about Clemson's underclassmen. Deon Cain will enter NFL draft. Swinney plans to meet with Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell & others in the next few days and decisions likely by end of the week.

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UCF ends year ranked 6th by AP; Bama No. 1

Alabama ended the season the same way it started -- ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. Undefeated UCF, meanwhile, finished at No. 6, but was the only other school to receive first-place votes.

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11dChris Low

The 10 best college football title games of all time

Vince Young and Texas taking down USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl remains the gold standard, but Alabama's incredible comeback over Georgia enters the top 10. What other classics rank among the best championship battles?

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

According to ESPN's Stats and Information group, Tua Tagovailoa's 90.1 Total QBR is the 3rd-highest in a title game in the CFP era (Deshaun Watson had a 93.2 Total QBR in 2016 and 91.4 in 2017). By comparison, Alabama's Jalen Hurts had a 60.5 Total QBR in the 2017 title game as a freshman.

Familiar faces atop 2018's early rankings (0:58)
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Clemson WR McCloud leaving early for draft

Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, becoming the first of several Tiger underclassmen who could go pro.

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16dTom VanHaaren

These top recruits will be instant-impact freshmen

Some teams, such as Florida, are in desperate need of a QB, and in steps ESPN 300 Emory Jones, while playoff contenders such as Georgia and Clemson have stars to replace. These freshmen should help.

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16dPaul Lukas

The sizzle fizzles in college playoff unis

Despite claims to the contrary, teams that make the college football playoff tend to leave the flashy uniforms to the other guys.


Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

For another week, at least, it's an SEC world.

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