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Tigers Today: Clemson enters offseason near top of national-title odds

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Clemson enters offseason near top of national-title odds

By Clemson’s standards, this past season was one to forget.

The Tigers did not play in the ACC Championship Game, and they did not punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff. Injuries all across the roster hampered them from finding consistency. Clemson did pick up a win in the Cheez-It Bowl, but it was not the trophy it had in mind.

All of those factors are not weighing down expectations for the next season, though. Per the folks in Las Vegas, Clemson has the fourth-best odds in the nation to win the national title next year at +800. Alabama and Georgia have the best odds (+200), followed by Ohio State (+600). Michigan rounds out the top five at +3500, as the latest odds night per Vegas Insider.

Clemson did not check off its to-do list this fall. But the Tigers have plenty of returning talent, and oddsmakers across the nation believe they are in the mix to make another run at the playoff and a national title.

2023 DB Christian Gray has spoken with Clemson, wants to visit

Missouri is a state that the Clemson Tigers have seen some improved success in over the past few years.

In the 2018 and 2019 recruiting cycles, Dabo Swinney’s staff signed Mario Goodrich and Etinosa Reuben. In their 2022 class, the Tigers poached St. Louis (Missouri) native Toriano Pride, who is a five-star on On3’s rankings.

An offer has yet to be extended to a junior from Missouri, but the Tigers are keeping tabs on at least one recruit in the state: Christian Gray.

Clemson Sports recruiting reporter Joseph Hastings broke down the offer and the type of prospect Christian Gray is.

Dabo Swinney ‘couldn’t be more fired up’ about future of Clemson football

It’s been an eventful offseason for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson football program as Swinney experienced major staff turnover following the conclusion of the regular season, most notably losing both coordinators for head coaching jobs.

But if you thought those departures were going to have Swinney down or worried about the future of Clemson football, think again.

“Coach Swinney couldn’t be more fired up, and the energy out of our football building here with the staff changes and certainly losing coach Venables and coach Elliott… it’s a little bit of a sea change,” Clemson Athletics Director Graham Neff said on Packer and Durham Thursday morning.

For more on Neff’s appearance and where Swinney is taking the Clemson program, click here.

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