After a convincing win over a Louisville team that had won four straight games, Clemson football moved up a spot to No. 9 in the College Football Playoff Rankings that were revealed Tuesday evening. Right where John Chancey predicted.
I typically don’t get too bent out of shape by these things and that’s how it was last night. After all, the Tigers have an ugly loss to Notre Dame on their resume that’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to overcome.
I also don’t get into much of the crazy scenarios and “what if” there are “x” undefeated teams, etc. etc. Ninety-eight percent of it is a waste of time and while some people feel that’s intellectually stimulating, I’m not one of those people.
This is my time of year, when a few teams are left with a shot to win the thing. Right about now, or even next week, is when I start figuring things out, or at least begin to try.
You could argue Clemson should be a spot or two higher and my guess is if they win their next three games that will happen.
USC or LSU is likely to lose again, but Tennessee and Alabama aren’t, mostly because they weren’t good enough to win their division. Ain’t this madness fun?
Either Michigan or Ohio State will fall from the undefeated ranks next week, but would they drop all the way to Tiger territory? Not likely.
Clemson football has too many teams in front of it to make the College Football Playoff
My main takeaway is there are too many teams ahead of Clemson for the Tigers to make the playoff and I’m not going to waste your time attempting to concoct a scenario where that could happen.
It’s not just that eight teams are in front of the Tigers, it’s compounded by the fact that at least two of those teams won’t have a chance to play, and perhaps lose, in their conference championship games that compounds the Tigers dilemma.
For me, that’s the way it goes when you get blown out by a team that lost to Marshall and Stanford. You lose the right to complain about a spot here or a spot there in the rankings.
You’re at the mercy of the system, even if the system sucks.