Is it 'way too early' to put a top-five tag on the Tigers?

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins turns upfield after catching a pass in the first quarter on Saturday.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins turns upfield after catching a pass in the first quarter on Saturday.

So what is it that's 'way too early' about all the various magazines and websites' 'way too early' top-tens for 2013?

There's not much to be known before August that we don't know now.

For what it's worth, there are some folks out there who are thinking quite highly of the Tigers as a national championship contender for 2013.

CBSSports' Bruce Feldman has as well-reasoned a top-10 as any I've read, and he has Clemson punched in at No. 5, a step ahead of both Florida State and South Carolina - teams which, again, likely stand between the Tigers and the thick of the late-season national championship conversation.

Feldman's top-10:

1. Alabama

2. Texas A&M

3. Stanford

4. Ohio State

5. Clemson

6. Oregon

7. Louisville

8. Florida

9. Notre Dame

10. South Carolina

Here is his take on the Tigers:

'5. Clemson: Tajh Boyd's back and that's great news for the Tigers, who also have been able to keep top OC Chad Morris around for another season. WR Sammy Watkins is back too, as are four starters on the O-line. The D got better under Brent Venables and Dabo Swinney landed some more studs on signing day to upgrade the talent. Keep an eye on CB Mackensie Alexander. The program also has momentum coming off a nice win over LSU in the GeorgiaDome. There are three very tough spots for the Tigers: Georgia in the opener and FSU at home and South Carolina in Columbia. Of course, the question with this team is that the Tigers, much like FSU, have a tendency to look really good on paper but then fizzle on the field. Can Boyd and Co. avoid that in 2013?

Time will tell, and we shall see. But as hoops runs its course and baseball warms up for the spring, speculation season is a fun time for fans of the Tigers.

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Comments » 3

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

the Texas A&M spot at #2 just befuddles me to no end. Yes, Johnny Manziel is still the QB, they lose a 1st rounder in Ryan Swope as well as at least 3/5 OLineman, and some players on defense. I can't see this team being the class of the SEC, and I see Bama unleashing the ultimate revenge on them when they play, I'm talking the year after Cam Newton left revenge factor.

Bleedsorange writes:

I won't speak of the tigers and national title in the same sentence again unless we beat Georgia by three tds. But if we do good luck shutting me up.

TigerFan95 writes:

Our chances of getting to the national title game are as good as anybody's. But if we make it we'll likely face Bama and I don't see us (or anybody else) beating them. What I can't understand is why everybody's so high on SC. Yes, they've had 4 great years and they have Clowney back. But how many teams lose NINE key contributors on defense, their best WR, two best RBs, starting TE, best O lineman and starting K and have a better record the next year? I dont see them going 11-2 again next year and even if they do they won't get a title shot.

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