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2008 Clemson Tigers Football Preview

2008 Clemson Tigers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Clemson Tigers football preview as well as the 2008 Clemson Tigers Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.

Coach: Tommy Bowden (10th year at Clemson)
Team Name: Tigers
2007 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 16

In 2007, the Clemson Tigers (9-4 overall, 5-3 ACC) finished tied for second in ACC Atlantic Division. They followed up a fine regular season with an appearance in the Chik-fil-A Bowl. There they met and lost to Auburn in OT 20-23.

QB Cullen Harper (433 ATT, 282 COMP, 2,991 YDS, 27 TDs, 6 INT) had a breakout season in 2007. Now a senior, he is primed to put in an even more impressive year. Senior Aaron Kelley (88 REC, 1,081 YDS, 11 TDs) returns as the leading pass catcher and Harper’s favorite target. There’s depth at wideout too. Additionally, senior RB James Davis (214 CAR, 1,064 YDS, 10 TDs), who decided to stay for his senior season, shares the field with another talented runner—C.J. Spiller. The big problem for this team is the frontline. Last season they allowed 35 sacks, which was way too much.

In 2007, the Tiger defense held opponents to just 18.7 PPG (10th in the nation).The secondary includes senior FS Chris Chandler and senior SS Michael Hamlin. They each picked four balls in 2007. The corners look good too. Upfront, DE Ricky Sapp leads a fine line. Sapp had six sacks last season. The linebacking unit is a big question mark for the Tigers. With just one starter returning, the group is untested. The squad lost two of their best after last season—Nick Watkins and Tramaine Billie.

Clemson should win at least 10 and could go undefeated. Swing games are October 9 at Wake Forest and November 8 at Florida State. They’re helped by the fact that Boston College is in decline and N.C. State, although rebuidling, has not improved enough to challenge them. Still, nothing is assured this season. Clemson’s O-line will have a lot to say about the team’s win-loss record.

Head coach Tommy Bowden is 62-49 in nine years at Clemson. Once again, he’s got another fine team. But Clemson has not won a conference title in 17 years even though many of those seasons, they were poised to do so. A perfect season is within their grasp but they could lose two or even four if they revert to past behavior.

Clemson Tigers Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
Alabama
Neutral
Sep 6
The Citadel
Home
Sep 13
NC State
Home
Sep 20
SC State
Home
Sep 27
Maryland
Home
Oct 9
Wake Forest
Away
Oct 18
Georgia Tech
Home
Nov 1
Boston College
Away
Nov 8
Florida State
Away
Nov 15
Duke
Home
Nov 22
Virginia
Away
Nov 29
South Carolina
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Clemson Tigers football program, view the Tigers sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

 

2008 ACC Football Team Previews

All teams from the ACC Coastal & Atlantic divisions are listed to the right. Clicking on the team link will give the individual preview. For all other teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

At any time you may return to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preview page for our order of finish. Will Virginia Tech continue to dominate? Is Butch Davis ready to turn around the Tar Heels? Can Clemson ride Davis and Spiller to the title game? All questions are answered.


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