Clemson Football: Tigers are way-too-early National Championship favorite

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts /

Clemson football is the way-too-early favorite to win the 2018 National Championship. The Tigers remain ranked No. 1 in nearly ever metric and poll.

The 2018 Clemson football team has potential to do historical things in the upcoming season.

Defensively, the Tigers return every single one of their starters from a defensive line that was the best in the country last year.

Clemson will also have an offensive line with more talent and more experienced skill position players to go along with returning quarterback Kelly Bryant or maybe even a 5-star quarterback in Hunter Johnson or Trevor Lawrence.

In addition, the Tigers have one of the best and most cohesive coaching staffs in the nation.

ESPN FPI measurables:

The ESPN way-too-early FPI measurables have Clemson football as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Tigers are ahead of Alabama.

After the Crimson Tide are Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Washington, Auburn, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Michigan State.

I’m not sure how I feel about Notre Dame and even Washington being this highly ranked.

I do think that Michigan State will take a big step this year and I don’t think that Penn State will miss Saquan Barkley quite as much as the national analysts think they will.

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It’s a whole ‘nother league:

I can go ahead and pretty much tell you who three of the four College Football Playoff teams are assuming no injuries.

Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State almost look like locks for the playoff. They all have clear paths to their conference championships and I don’t see anyone being able to contend with them.

The College Football world has pretty much catered itself to us seeing the same 4-6 teams in the playoff for the near future. We will talk more about that here in the coming months, but right now it truly is a “whole ‘nother league.”