Clemson’s season took a flip for the more serious on Tuesday night time, when the reigning nationwide champions had been snubbed by the College Football Playoff (CFP) committee.
The launch of the primary CFP rankings of the 12 months noticed Clemson all the way in which down at No.5, behind Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State.
The reigning nationwide champions are 9-Zero and have received their final 24 video games—courting again to January final 12 months—however that hasn’t impressed the CFP committee.
Like Alabama, Clemson hasn’t defeated a crew presently that includes within the Associated Press Top 25 ballot or the CFP rating. Both groups beat Texas A&M, whose 6-Three report makes it probably the most prestigious scalp the 2 applications have claimed up to now this season.
The Tigers are paying the value for a one-point win over North Carolina, who presently has a dropping report, and for the relative weak spot of the ACC—No. 19 Wake Forest is the one different ranked crew within the convention.
Clemson started the season because the top-ranked crew within the nation within the AP ballot, however fell down the rankings for 3 consecutive weeks between Week 5 and Week 7.
The mixture of a straightforward schedule and constantly good performances from Ohio State, LSU and Penn State has contributed to the Tigers’ drop down the rankings, greater than any specific fault of their very own.
The Tigers have scored 40 or extra factors in seven video games, have received video games by a median margin of 29.four factors and two of their previous three wins have come in opposition to ACC applications with successful data.
The defending champions have received their final two outings by a mixed 118-21 scoreline, however none of that was sufficient to grant them a top-four spot within the CFP.
With one other unranked crew up on the slate within the form of North Carolina State, it is troublesome to see Clemson gaining any floor this week when it travels to Raleigh on Saturday.
At the identical time, the Tigers know that in the event that they win their remaining regular-season recreation they’ll in all chance be included among the many 4 groups making the playoffs—the CFP committee would have some explaining to do if it unnoticed a crew that would feasibly go undefeated in two consecutive seasons.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney insisted this week that neither he nor his gamers would pay an excessive amount of consideration to the CFP rankings, notably because the state of affairs can change between now and Selection Sunday on December 8.
“It just doesn’t matter,” he mentioned throughout his press convention on Tuesday.
“If we’re No.2, 3, 4, 15—it just doesn’t matter. It’s not worth the brain cells.”
While which may be true, Clemson has no room for error over the subsequent 4 weeks.
Since the CFP’s inception 5 years in the past, 11 of the 20 semifinalists made the highest 4 within the first weekly rating and 6 of the final eight semifinalists had been included within the high 4 within the committee’s first launch.
Here’s all you should know forward of Saturday.
When and the place is the sport?
The Clemson Tigers tackle the North Carolina Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 9.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The recreation can be broadcast nationally on ABC.
A stay stream can be obtainable through ABC’s digital platforms.
Clemson has the higher hand within the all-time sequence, with 58 wins in 87 conferences to North Carolina’s 28.
The Tigers have the final seven video games in opposition to the Wolfpack and their final go to to Raleigh two years in the past led to a 38-31 victory.
According to Oddschecker, Clemson is a 32-point favourite and is 22/25 to cowl the unfold.
The over/below line by way of whole factors scored is ready at 53.5.