Clemson Football ranks among the most deadly teams in college football.
The Tigers have won the ACC Coastal Division twice, and they’ve won seven consecutive ACC titles.
They’ve also reached the Final Four four times.
Clemson ranked third in total offense and second in total defense last season, and the Tigers were among the ACC’s top scorers.
But there are plenty of teams in the ACC that rank among the top three in both categories.
Here’s a look at the top 25 teams in both offensive and defensive ratings.
Clemson Tigers (offensive) 1,857.0 Offensive rating: 27.9% Defense rating: 21.5% Source: College Football Reference 2.
South Carolina Gamecocks (defensive) 1.5,903.3 Defensive rating: 20.4% Offensive rating.
Virginia Cavaliers (offensive/defensive/special teams) 1 1,727.7 Offensive rating/defense: 20%/Special teams ranking 4.
Syracuse Orange (defending) 1 2,092.7 Defensive rating/special team ranking 5.
Louisville Cardinals (defining) 1 3,918.5 Defensive rating 5.
Florida State Seminoles (defn) 1 5,828.4 Defensive rating 6.
Florida Gators (def) 1 6,904.9 Defensive rating 7.
Virginia Tech Hokies (def/defn/special) 1 8,722.0 Defensive rating 8.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (defin) 1 9,848.2 Defensive rating 9.
NC State Wolfpack (defnic) 1 10,744.3 Defense ranking 10.
Duke Blue Devils (def/) 1 11,927.2 Defense ranking 11.
Virginia Football (def-n/def) 2 12,948.0 Defense ranking 12.
Clemson (def)/Georgia Tech (def n) 2 14,099.5 Defense ranking 13.
Miami Hurricanes (def-) 2 17,711.5 DEFENSE ranking 14.
Florida (def+def) 3 20,811.3 DEFENSE ranking 15.
South Alabama Jaguars (defN/defN) 3 24,065.0 DEFENSE ranking 16.
Auburn Tigers (def+) 3 29,847.5 DEFENDING DEFENSE FOR THE WIN: Clemson ranks as the fifth-most dangerous team in the nation.
This is a testament to the strength of the Tigers’ offense and defensive schemes, but it also shows how much of a threat the Tigers are in the passing game.
Clemson ranks first in the conference in passing yards per game (265.8), and it has an average of 4.9 yards per play per game.
Its defense ranks sixth in the country in total yards per contest (5.7) and fourth in scoring defense (27.3).
But Clemson is also among the nation’s top scoring offenses, thanks to quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has averaged more than 100 yards per outing in each of the past two seasons.
Clemson is ranked ninth in the SEC in rushing yards per carry (4.2) and eighth in rushing offense (527.5).
The Tigers lead the nation in scoring, scoring defense, and rushing offense, and it ranks third in the FBS in scoring offense.
Clemson’s defense ranks fourth in the Big 12 in total defensive points allowed (31.6), while the Tigers rank eighth in scoring (23.8) and sixth in total passing defense (34.3), per FBSinfo.com.
This is the second time in three seasons that the Clemson Tigers have made the NCAA Tournament.
They have reached the second round in each season since 2008.
In 2012, they were swept in the semifinals by LSU, and in 2015 they were eliminated by Kansas State.