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Clemson has made the College Football Playoff each of the past four seasons, and the Tigers are already heavy favorites to get there for a fifth consecutive time in 2019.

ESPN’s Playoff Predictor gives Clemson an 83 percent chance to reach the College Football Playoff this season, which is 12 percent higher than No. 2 Alabama.

In fact, according to ESPN’s numbers, no team will have a higher preseason chance to reach the College Football Playoff over the next decade than Clemson has right now.

Some of that is due to Clemson’s talent as the Tigers are projected to be about four points better per game this season than they were at this time a year ago.

But some of that is also due to its schedule, according to ESPN analytics writer Seth Walder..

“Clemson’s schedule is so soft,” Walder said on Paul Finebaum’s show on Wednesday. “We are talking about one of the easiest schedules in the Power 5. They are two touchdown favorites over everyone on their schedule and the toughest game is at South Carolina.”

ESPN’s Football Power Index has Clemson’s game at South Carolina as the hardest for the Tigers in 2019. Alabama also plays at South Carolina this season, but that game is the fifth-toughest for the Crimson Tide, according to the FPI.

No matter the schedule it is likely that Clemson and Alabama are in the College Football Playoff again in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.

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