Clemson is the defending ACC Champion, but one of the lead college football writers for Fox Sports doesn’t think the Tigers are the team to beat in the conference next season. Stewart Mandel is bullish on Florida State as the premier team in the ACC Atlantic, but he has Clemson right on the Seminoles heels. In his post spring, post NFL draft Top 25, Mandel has Alabama in the top spot, then F.S.U., followed by Clemson in the number three spot.
Clemson beat Florida State last season, but that game was in Death Valley. The Tigers have to play the Noles in Tallahassee this season, a place they have struggled to win.
Here’s what Mandel had to say about the Tigers ranking: