Nov. 17, 2016
No Clemson, You Are Not That Good
I've been saying it all year, and all year they have been showing that I'm right, Clemson is not that good this year. Despite still being ranked number four in the College Football rankings and as it stand today would be in the College Football Playoffs, the Clemson Tigers are not that good and do not deserve to be in the College Football Playoffs, I'll even go as far as to say that Clemson isn't even a Top 10 team this year. I can give you many examples that back up my case. Let's look at this.
September 10th at home vs Troy. Clemson was at home, against a much lower class team in Troy, yet Clemson had to score 17 fourth quarter points just to beat the Trojans 30-24 in what should have been a blowout. A top ranked, playoff worthy team doesn't beat a much inferior team by seven points, at home. This was a win for Clemson, but a very bad win.
October 15th at home vs NC State. Again the Tigers were at home, against a greatly inferior team in NC State, and quite frankly should have lost. In fact, the Wolfpack had a chance to win the game on the final play of regulation, but missed a 33 yard field goal that would have given NC State a 20-17 victory. Clemson got a miracle (who misses a 33 yard field goal?) and got to play in overtime, eventually winning 24-17. Why should it take a powerful, playoff bound, top ranked team overtime to beat a fairly bad 5-5 team? Maybe because they just aren't that good. Again this was a win for Clemson, but another very bad win.
November 12th, at home vs Pittsburg. Finally, it happened, Clemson's luck ran out and lost, AT HOME, to an unranked 6-4 Pittsburgh Panthers team. Does a top ranked, playoff deserving team lose this game (at home to boot)? No. Despite all the bullets the Tigers have dodged in 2016, they finally took the bullet and showed they just simply aren't that good. A very bad loss for Clemson.
Now Clemson does have one good win, against the Louisville Cardinals. Clemson did win this game 42-36. But looking deeper into this game, Clemson should have lost this game, as they trailed the Cardinals 36-28 with less than eight minutes to play. Louisville also outgained the Tigers 568 yards to 507 yards, and gained five more first downs than the Tigers (31-26). So yes, a good win for Clemson, but a win they shouldn't have had. (UPDATE 11/18/16: Well forget the good win against Louisville, considering they just got blown out by an unranked Houston team)
Now who else has Clemson beaten you ask? Not exactly an impressive list of teams. Auburn, South Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Florida State and Syracuse. Clemson still has to play Wake Forest and South Carolina, both of which will not be easy games for the Tigers.
So no, Clemson, as much as you and your fans like to beat your chest and claim to be the best, world beaters, deserving of being in the final four and in the playoffs, you're not worthy, you're not that good, you're not even a top 10 team and if you do happen to make it to the College Football Playoffs, you will be greatly exposed and you will lose, quickly.