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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
With a starting defensive end out against Auburn, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said lineman Christian Wilkins' role will be "critical in us having a chance to win the game. He's prepared and capable of playing end and tackle." He's not giving away where Wilkins will play Saturday.
Kickoff Week in the ACC will be a litmus test, as there are three key showdowns with SEC teams. Also, two teams open their season in Ireland.
Summer practices have been very good for players like Tennessee's Micah Abernathy, who is working his way into the starting lineup. Who are the other pleasant surprises on the top-25 teams?
Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer
Gus Malzahn knows all about Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. He recruited Watson to Auburn once upon a time. "His strength is when things break down and when they choose to run him. He's an excellent runner. He's got a very good first step, similar to Nick Marshall."
The ACC can make a big statement with a sweep of the three ACC-SEC matchups that highlight Kickoff Week.
Deshaun Watson won't let his projected NFL draft status alter his thinking as far as running, and neither will the Clemson offense.
A pair of surprise bowl teams and the possibility of two playoff participants top the list of bold predictions by ESPN's ACC reporters.
Will Clemson collect all ACC awards?
Our Mark Schlabach thinks Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. He also makes his picks for the rest of the ACC awards.
- Offensive player of the year: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Defensive player of the year: Derwin James, S, Florida State
- Coach of the year: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- Freshman of the year: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the Clemson Tigers. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more?
Can Kansas and UCF get the ship righted in 2016?
Should a Power 5 team with one or two losses be ranked ahead of an undefeated Group of 5 team? It all depends on how you view best vs. most deserving.
Even the best players in America have weaknesses. So what can Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and other offensive team All-Americans do to improve this season?
Whether by the needs of their future teams or sheer elite talent, these 2017 ESPN 300 players, including Alabama RB commit Najee Harris, could hit the college field immediately.
Experts can't agree on playoff teams
Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy project four entirely different teams to make the College Football Playoff. They only agree on one thing: the Pac-12 will be left out again. Bowl projections
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Ben Boulware is expecting to see multiple QBs when his Clemson defense takes on Auburn on Kickoff Weekend. "We'll be prepared for anything," Boulware said. "I don't really care who they play."
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said he won't change his style and that he has no worries about running the ball this season.
Clemson and Florida State appear to be legit CFP contenders. But how would the ACC's elite teams fare in the other Power 5 conferences? Quite well, actually... especially in the Big Ten.
Clemson @ Auburn Tigers
Jordan-Hare Stadium - Sat 9/3