The schedule is not yet out, but we know the opponents.
Before 2012 most of us armchair experts saw Clemson as sliding back a notch from the great 2011 season. We hoped for a win over USuCk.
The Clemson guys overcame line weakness and improved as no could have predicted. By the last game of the year against LSU, they were as good as it gets. They were tough, an adjective lacking in the last few Clemson teams.
For 2013 the expectations are high. Last year expectations were 8-4 but this year, any loss will be hard to take.
Is this a better team? Yes it is, or at least it should be. The loss of Hopkins is very hard. (all Clemson fans wish him the best) Watkins was mostly silent in 2012 so I suspect he will roar back like a -- TIGER in 2013 to fill the gap.
At the start of 2012 the "D" was shaky, but not at the end of the season. In 2013 they will be improved in every area.
I am a fan, but not just being "Pollyanna" as all the fun 2013 polls coming out by "experts" no better at predicting than you are me have Clemson top ten.
I don't see a glaring weakness. I do wonder who will step up and run the ball with success, but it is not like the cupboard is bare. On offense, Clemson will score - !!
The schedule is hard. Last year Clemson started with an undefeated top ten Auburn team. It was a big win, but then everybody beat Auburn. This year Clemson starts with a great Georgia team that will be ranked top 5. Georgia will not be folding up like Auburn did, win or loose. Georgia expects to win the National Championship in 2013, and why not? They were just a few yards from beating Alabama and facing the overrated Notre Dame team this year. All the parts of the Georgia team will be back, a year older, stronger, and better. We often forget these are 18-23 year old kids improving in every way -> quickly.
We also play USuck at Columbia and Florida State. The other ACC teams Clemson plays will be improved. Ga Tech just went out and crushed the pre season #1 of last year -> USC. Experts can't call it.
I believe this will be a year Clemson can win any game. Will they? Most likely not as undefeated seasons are rare - none occurred in 2012 or 2011.
Life is good in Upstate SC. I live 20 minutes from the real "Death Valley".
I will be at the game.