Athlon ranks Clemson 6th in preseason, TSN has Tigers No. 9, Gamecocks No. 3

Expectations continue to soar for Dabo Swinney's team going into 2013 season

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins hauls in a pass over Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum in the third quarter.

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins hauls in a pass over Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum in the third quarter.

Expectations continue to soar for the 2013 Clemson football team.

Athlon has pegged Dabo Swinney's Tigers as the No. 6 team in the nation in its preview edition top 25.

Athlon projects that Clemson will run the table in the ACC, with its national title hopes riding on the outcome of games against Georgia and South Carolina.

Meanwhile, The Sporting News lists Clemson No. 9 in the latest version of its post-spring practice rankings.

Alabama tops the Sporting News list, and is followed by Stanford, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oregon, Clemson and Notre Dame.

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