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2014 Clemson Tigers Future Betting Odds Guide

The Clemson Tigers are coming off a 11-2 season in which they won the Orange Bowl against Ohio State but their biggest challenge, perhaps, in recent memory will be in replacing QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins, both made the jump to the NFL.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney has led the Tigers to a 51-23 record in his 5 seasons, but replacing what the team lost on offense to the draft will be impossible unless the Biology department on campus has Boyd and Watkin shaped clones in the locker room this year.

"I think our guys are confident because we’ve built a good program, and good programs can sustain themselves in through success and adversity," he said. "You look around at the better programs and that’s what you see."

"I can promise you I’m sleeping a lot better with this situation," Swinney said.

Clemson Tigers 2014 Season Odds

  • College Football Week 1 Betting Odds: Clemson +8.5 @ Georgia
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +7000
  • To Win the ACC: +900
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 8.5.

How Will Clemson’s Offense Perform in 2014?

Clemson has produced a top-10 scoring and total offense each of the past two seasons, totaling 131 touchdowns (five per game) and 13,265 yards (510.2 per game). That feat may be difficult this year after DeAndre Hopkins’ and Andre Ellington’s exits pre-2013 and the aforementioned Boyd (now with the NY Jets) and Watkins (now with the Bills) exits this year.

Long time backup Cole Stoudt will be called upon to move in behind center playing well in garbage time against Wake Forest last season. He finished the season with 415 pasing yards, five touchdowns and zero INTs.

Stoudt will have a bit of competition in 5-star blue chip freshman DeShaun Watson, who is coming back from a collarbone injury suffered during the spring game. Barring any unforeseeable circumstances Stoudt is expected to be the starter at the beginning of the season but also expect Watson to see some snaps.

Sophomore WR Mike Williams (20 rec, 316 yards 3 TDs in 2013) and senior wideout Adam Humphries (41 rec, 483 yards, 7 TDs) will need to fill the whole Watkins left; both have enough talent to be Stoudt’s go to guy in the red zone.

How Will Clemson’s Defense Perform in 2014?

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables has whipped this unit into something to talk about come game day by allowing 22.2 points per game last season which ranks them 24th best.

Senior defensive end Vic Beasley had 13 sacks as a junior and remains as one of the country’s top pass-rushers. Along with fellow senior defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, Clemson’s front seven will will harass quarterbacks all game long.

Returning senior Stephone Anthony is the leading tackler for the team (131 tackles and four sacks), and will leader for the linebacker core.

Junior cornerback Bashaud Breeland left for the NFL draft and will be near impossible to replace on defense. Senior Martin Jenkins, who played filled with the injuries last season, remains the teams best hope for the secondary.

2014 Clemson Tigers Schedule:

  • Saturday, August 30 @ Georgia 5:30 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, September 6 vs S Carolina St 12:30 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, September 20 @ Florida State | TBD
  • Saturday, September 27 vs North Carolina | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 vs NC State | TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 vs Louisville | TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 @ Boston College | TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 vs Syracuse | TBD
  • Thursday, November 6 @ Wake Forest 7:30 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Georgia Tech | TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Georgia State | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 vs South Carolina | TBD

Clemson Tigers 2014 Season Closing Thoughts

Clemson has won 32 games in the past 3 years, including wins over LSU in the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl and Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl. A tough schedule including games against Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina will mean that the Tigers will have to win their bowl game if they want a 4th consecutive double-digit win season.

2014 Clemson Tigers Projected Starters On Offense



Cole Stoudt-Sr (6-4, 210)



D.J. Howard-Sr (6-0, 195)



Charone Peake-Jr (6-2, 205)



Adam Humphries-Sr (5-11, 190)



Mike Williams-So (6-3, 205)



Sam Cooper-Sr (6-6, 250)



Isaiah Battle-Jr (6-7, 275)



David Beasley-Sr (6-4, 320)



Ryan Norton-Jr (6-3, 280)



Kalon Davis-Sr (6-5, 340)



Joe Gore-Jr (6-5, 300)



Ammon Lakip-Jr (5-10, 200)


2014 Clemson Tigers Projected Starters On Defense



Corey Crawford-Sr (6-5, 270)



Grady Jarrett-Sr (6-1, 295)



Josh Watson-Sr (6-4, 290)



Vic Beasley-Sr (6-2, 235)



T.J. Burrell-So (5-11, 215)



Stephone Anthony-Sr (6-2, 245)



Tony Steward-Sr (6-1, 230)



Mackensie Alexander-RFr (5-11, 185)



Martin Jenkins-Sr (5-9, 185)



Jayron Kearse-So (6-4, 205)



Robert Smith-Sr (5-11, 210)



Bradley Pinion-Jr (6-6, 230)