Clemson has a pretty awesome schedule if you ask me. Yes, there are some drawbacks to it and I'll talk about those too.
Well, the problems with Clemson are mainly beyond the schedule. We're going to miss DeAndre Hopkins---I'm convinced he'll have a big year in Houston, and that's great. At least bigger than you'd think.
Honestly, take a look at this GIF of this grab:
Clemson has a number of players that won't be there, but many are returning back to play football for another year, which is pretty great news. Barring injuries, other concerns, this team will go far.
So, back to the schedule:
The Clemson Tigers open at home against Georgia. This is a game that could honestly go either way. If the Tigers win that game, the wind is blowing at their back and there won't be too many signs of slowing. Florida State is a concern, sure, but if they can beat Georgia, beating Florida State at home ain't no thing.
I'm worried that Clemson may get complacent after playing The Citadel, South Carolina State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Virginia. (Like I said, awesome schedule.) That's why I'm not completely sure about the last game. If Clemson goes in thinking they're invincible (which they are far from), they will lose to South Carolina's incredible defense. I did comment on an article yesterday something about "if the Tigers beat Georgia, then they'll beat South Carolina." I'm still behind this comment, but the main concern that fans should have is a sense of complacency. I'm even more behind this if they can dismantle Florida State, which could very well happen.
A one game at a time approach is still key, even with a pretty unchallenging schedule. Clemson has been known to drop "easy" games in the past, especially when ranked so high. I think that if there's a year to meet USA Today's expectation (8th best team in the nation), it's this one. There should definitely be optimism about this schedule.