Clemson Football predicted as winners of 2018 college football bracket

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Kelly Bryant
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Kelly Bryant /

The Clemson football program was predicted to advance to the final four of ESPN’s 2018 College Football Bracket.

With March Madness underway, ESPN devised a 64-team bracket for the 2018 college football season. The seeding for this bracket was based on the preseason FPI.

Journey to the Final Four

Clemson’s journey to the final four was actually quite similar to their road to the 2017 College Football Playoff. ESPN had the Tigers defeating the Miami Hurricanes 45-20 in a regional semifinal. That is a much more respectable contest than the Tigers 38-3 romp of the ‘Canes in last season’s ACC Championship.

After taking down Miami, Clemson then faced off with Michigan State in a regional championship. The Tigers ultimately defeated the Spartans – led by Brian Lewerke and a talented core of wide receivers – in a close finish.

ESPN hasn’t finished this bracket series yet, but, at the moment they are down to Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Stanford.

Potential 2018 CFB Playoff Field?

Although this 64-team bracket is unrealistic in the realm of college football, the resulting final four isn’t that far-fetched. Clemson and Georgia both appeared in the 2017 College Football Playoff and Auburn had a legitimate shot late in the year.

Stanford was the furthest from qualifying for the playoff last season, however, they air a national power with the talent to put themselves in the conversation each year.

I’d say that Georgia has the best shot at making the College Football Playoff in 2018 as their schedule is considerably easier than it was a year ago. Not to mention Kirby Smart has stockpiled immense talent over the last two recruiting classes.

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From there, I’d say Clemson is also a safe bet to return to the playoff. The Tigers return an absurd amount of talent and experience in 2018 and they certainly won’t be lacking in motivation.