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Clemson 2012 - 2015 vs Penn State 2016 - 2019

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October 15, 2018 at 11:27am
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While these close losses have really put a downer on a lot of us, I still feel pretty good about the state of the program. I think there are a lot of similarities between how Clemson built their program and how Penn State is being built. Also, there are similarities between Dabo Swinney and James Frankling (i.e. CEO, recruiter, not known as a great gameday coach, etc.). The trends in the trajectories of these two programs (record, who you lose to, recruiting) is stunningly similar.

 

Clemson Record Losses                                              Recruiting Ranking
2012       11-2     @ #4 FSU, vs #13 South Carolina    20
2013       11-2     vs #5 FSU, @ #10 South Carolina    15
2014       10-3     @ #10 UGA, @ #1 FSU, @ #24 GT 16
2015       14-1     vs #2 Alabama                                   9
Penn State Record Losses                                        Recruiting Ranking
2016          11-3      @ Pitt, @ #4 Michigan, @ USC   20
2017          11-2      @ #6 OSU, @ #24 MSU              15
2018           4-2       vs #2 OSU, vs #24 MSU               6
2019                                                                           *13
*Current ranking per 247

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