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CBS Names Greatest Season in Clemson History

July 8, 2018
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In what is sure to stir some debate, CBS Sports' Chip Patterson has ranked the greatest season for every ACC team. The choice for Clemson could only come down to two seasons; 1981 or 2016. Patterson believes that the high-flying 2016 team was the better of the two. Here's what he had to say:

"History will judge us if we do not take time to appreciate just how much fun it was to watch Watson play college football."
- Chip Patterson

"Clemson (2016)

The 1981 Clemson team that emerged from one of the craziest college football seasons of the last 40 years is held in such high regard that this pick might get some push back. But I suspect that the emotions tied to that team were also fueled by Clemson fans' longing for a return to the top of the mountain during the decades that would follow. When you lay out the rosters and start judging talent, it's not even close. Dabo Swinney and his staff have transformed what Clemson football is today and what we expect when the Tigers take the field. 

It's not so much the recruiting rankings as it is the lack of recruiting misses, as Clemson has balanced landing five-star future pros and four-star prospects that make the right fit and become valuable contributors later in their career. That personnel bridge was present on the title team with senior linebacker Ben Boulware serving as the heartbeat of the defense while freshman Dexter Lawrence started to flash the potential (now realized) of being one of the most disruptive defensive lineman in the country. Oh yeah, and Deshaun Watson. History will judge us if we do not take time to appreciate just how much fun it was to watch Watson play college football."

In the seemingly neverending 2016 vs. 1981 debate, 2016 has struck another blow. 

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