The Tigers are 2-3 with three straight losses, and are 0-2 in ACC play. To become bowl eligible, they have to win four of their next seven games. Here is their remaining schedule:
Oct 23 vs Georgia Tech
Oct 30 at Boston College
Nov 6 vs. North Carolina St.
Nov 13 at Florida St.
Nov 20 at Wake Forest
Nov 27 vs South Carolina
As I write this, Clemson is leading Maryland 17-7 at the half. If they go on to win the game, they still need to win at least three more games in order to put their name in the hat to go to the "Meineke Advocare Eagle Franklin America No One Cares" Bowl.
Assuming Clemson holds on to beat Maryland, I am going to use the power of assumption three more times. Clemson beats Boston College, Clemson loses to Florida St., and Clemson loses to South Carolina. With that being said, Clemson still has to win at least two of the remaining three games against NC St., Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. I am not saying it is not going to happen. Clemson was in a similar situation last year and eventually won their division in the ACC.
If Clemson goes into the Florida St. game 3-6, it is time to start playing for next year. Wave good-bye to QB Kyle Parker. Attempting a miraculous three game win streak to make a lower-end bowl is not worth risking his baseball career. It would be a perfect time to get QB Tajh Boyd some game experience and attempt to establish some rapport with Clemson's young receivers.