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2018 Clemson Tigers rank 5th all-time according to ESPN

September 10, 2019
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According to ESPN, the 15-0 Clemson Tigers rank as the 5th best team of all time.

ESPN's is celebrating the 150-year anniversary of college football and put together the top 150 greatest college football single-season teams.

According to ESPN, the panel consists of 150 media members, athletic administrators and former players and coaches selected these teams from 210 finalists initially identified by ESPN's Sports & Information group.

The teams ranked ahead of Clemson include:

No. 1 - 1971 Nebraska (13-0)

No. 2 - 2004 USC (13-0)

No. 3 - 1972 USC (12-0)

No. 4 - 1995 Nebraska (12-0).

No. 5 - 2018 Clemson (15-0)
Coach: Dabo Swinney

The Tigers routed defending national champion Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff championship (the fourth straight year the teams met in the playoff) to become the first 15-0 team since 1897. Clemson dominated thanks to a coming-of-age season by freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who took over as starter for Kelly Bryant in the fifth game. That might be why Clemson won its last 10 games by at least 20 points. The offense averaged 526 yards per game, but the defense, which held eight teams to 10 points or fewer, carried the load. Clemson gave up 13 points per game, best in the nation, and 291 yards per game, sixth in the FBS. Two veteran defensive linemen won national awards: Clelin Ferrell took the Hendricks Award as best DE, and Christian Wilkins earned the Campbell Trophy as the best student-athlete. Ferrell, Wilkins and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt made the consensus All-America team. The Tigers won their fourth consecutive ACC title, a school first.

Clemson’s 1981 (12-0) team checked in at No. 40 while the 2016 (14-1) National Champions were ranked No. 63.

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