Clemson Tigers 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds and Prediction

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Breaking Down the Clemson Tigers Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Clemson Tigers: 11.5 Wins -- Title Odds: 9/4

College football fans are expecting big things from Clemson in the 2020 season. The Tigers are the odds-on favorites in the country for both win total and title odds, so anything less than a national championship would be considered a disappointment for this talented program. Realistically, there are only a handful of other teams who could compete with Clemson on the football field this year. Get Free College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

Let’s take a closer look at Clemson’s status heading into the 2020 season and break down their chances at hitting 12 wins. 

As with pretty much every season, Clemson suffered some major losses to the 2020 NFL Draft. Versatile defender Isaiah Simmons went No. 8 overall, and not having his 818 snaps, 107 tackles, eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss will certainly be a major gap. After an impressive run with the Tigers, Simmons should do well at the NFL level. 

Further accenting the defensive hole is AJ Terrell, who became the 14th Clemson defensive back to be drafted since 2010. He went No. 16 overall to Atlanta. There were more key Tigers guys drafted in the earlier rounds, like WR Tee Higgins, safety Tanner Muse and guard John Simpson. Their losses will all be pretty significant, and Clemson will need to find creative ways to replace that production this season. 

The good news is that Clemson’s leadership is intact once again, as head coach Dabo Swinney enters his 12th full year with the team. Offensive coordinator Tony L. Elliot (sixth season) and defensive coordinator Brent Venables (ninth season) return as well, and as a core group that coaching staff should be able to maximize the talent on the field as usual. 

Looking at Clemson’s schedule for the 2020 season, it doesn’t look all that daunting for a powerhouse team such as this. The Tigers do have a couple of potentially daunting road games, however. Going into Florida State won’t be easy, and in Week 10 Clemson has a huge nationally-televised matchup on the road versus Notre Dame. The matchup with the Irish will probably be the toughest game on the regular-season schedule, but by then we should have a better idea of Clemson’s team identity for the 2020 campaign and a clear view of the odds. 

Pick: It’s a pretty steep number, but I have to stick with the over here. Clemson will once again be fielding an immensely talented squad under competent leadership, and by all indications they should be one of the top teams in the country. I think Clemson runs the table again this year and we’ll likely be seeing them in the national championship. 

 

2020 Clemson Tigers Football Schedule 

Day, Date                         Opponent 

Thursday, September 3      At Georgia Tech 

Saturday, September 12     Louisville 

Saturday, September 19     Akron

Saturday, September 26     Virginia 

Friday, October 2               At Boston College 

Saturday, October 10         At Florida State 

Saturday, October 17         NC State 

Saturday, October 24         Syracuse 

Saturday, October 31         OPEN 

Saturday, November 7        At Notre Dame 

Saturday, November 14      The Citadel 

Saturday, November 21      At Wake Forest 

Saturday, November 28      South Carolina 

Saturday, December 5        ACC Championship

Andrew’s Pick Over 11.5 Wins

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.