Clemson Season Almost Ended
Clemson squeaked out a 21-20 win against North Carolina (2-3). If you’ve been following the TGIS posts, you know I’ve mentioned a few times (maybe 100 times) Clemson’s schedule is absolutely awful. If Clemson loses at anytime during the season, their strength of schedule keeps them out of the playoff.
Clemson currently has three teams on their schedule ranked in the top 25. All three are in jeopardy of falling out. Texas A&M has a tough schedule and have not played well. Wake Forest only beat Boston College by three points and have a few more losses left. The ACC Championship will most likely be against Virginia, but after there loss by 15 to Notre Dame I can confidently say they will have a few more losses by December. What this all means is does Clemson make the playoffs with a loss and 0 top 25 wins? Absolutely not. So Clemson must be perfect. I’m a man of fairness. I was hard on UCF’s schedule and close wins. I have to give the same treatment to Clemson.
As far as how Clemson has actually played this year… they have not been an elite team. Trevor Lawrence has been above average at best and you can tell Clemson is replacing all four starters up front. Don’t get me wrong, Clemson is still good… they just have not shown to be an elite top 5 team. Clemson will have time to figure it out as they don’t play a team better than 3-2 until November 16th.
Ohio State is Good, but let’s not OVERREACT
Ohio State demolished Nebraska 48-7 in what was supposed to be a “Big Game.” Ohio State has been unchallenged and impressive, but after this game some called them the best team in the nation. Huge overreaction.
Nebraska is not a good football team and are a product of preseason overhype. Nebraska has proven they are a below average team. They squeaked a four point win in a shootout with a bad Illinois team and already have multiple losses. So should we consider Ohio State a great team? Yes. Should we consider the Buckeyes the best team in the nation after beating a bad Nebraska team? Nope.
SMU is for Real
The AAC team that we should be monitoring to get a New York 6 bid is not UCF… it is SMU. They have blown everyone out except for a close win against TCU. TCU’s performances this year outside of that game points to TCU actually being good and is a legitimate win under SMU’s resume. We will know for sure November 2nd when SMU plays Memphis for a spot in the AAC championship.
Terrible AP Top 25 Ranking of the Week
Clemson dropped to #2 in the rankings, but is that even enough? 18 voters still decided to put Clemson atop their ballots for who knows why. I’d argue right now Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, and Oklahoma all should be ranked above Clemson. To the 18 voters still voting Clemson #1… this is 2019 and not 2018.
MY TOP 25
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State
- Wake Forest
- Arizona State
- Michigan State