The 2019 Clemson football team has little to no room for error as the season progresses, thanks to disappointing performances of conference opponents.
The Clemson football team will have no room for error as the 2019 season progresses.
The Tigers moved to 4-0 Saturday night with an impressive victory over Charlotte in Death Valley, but it looks like they’ll need a total of nine more wins to make it back to the CFB Playoff.
It’s still early in the season and things can change over the course of the next few months, but the Tigers’ opponents have done them no favors through the first month of this season.
On Saturday, the ACC continued its embarrassing streak as Virginia- the conference’s supposed second-best team- struggled with Old Dominion. North Carolina, who will play the Tigers this coming Saturday, was thoroughly beaten by App State. Though the Mountaineers are likely going to be a top-25 team before the season is over, it’s still not a good look for the perception of the conference.
Florida State and Louisville continue to look mediocre. Though Syracuse rebounded with a victory this weekend, the Orange’s 63-20 loss to Maryland two weeks ago continues to linger large.
Outside of the conference, Texas A&M was beaten 28-20 at home by Auburn. Had the Aggies won, that would’ve given the Tigers a win over a team that could’ve been inside the top-12. Now, Texas A&M may drop out of the top-25 and certainly will have a long ways to go to get back into the thick of things.
South Carolina continued its mediocre streak, getting beaten by double-digits on the road at Missouri. Though that won’t hurt the feelings of Clemson football fans, it still just shows us the situation that we live in when talking about the 2019 season.
There’s no room for error on the Tigers’ schedule.
Analysts and fans outside of the ACC will wrongfully try to discredit Clemson football, saying that the Tigers somehow don’t belong because their opponents aren’t any good. That’s incorrect.
Clemson could play an SEC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 schedule and still beat every single opponent that it would play. But, the perception and embarrassment the ACC is facing currently certainly doesn’t help the Tigers.
It’s a situation where a loss and you’re likely out- barring a lot of other things happening around the country. There’s no room for error, but the Tigers shouldn’t have any trouble as long as they take it one game at a time.