The defending national champions are behind four other undefeated teams in the rankings because of the ACC's mediocrity. The Nittany Lions have a greater toughness of file than the Tigers, which the committee employed as the explanation to putt Penn Condition in advance of Clemson. "& # 39; I don't think so". On the other, no No. 1 team in the initial CFP Top 25 has gone on to win a national title. We got to keep playing better. But even then, you have to wonder whether the Tigers would be any higher than they are now, given the expectation level relative to that of the competition. They are the only squad with three losses to be ranked in this Top 25.
Part of that will come from the so-called disrespect of the Playoff committee.
Clemson is on the exterior on the lookout in for now, but that will improve in the coming months.
As long as the Tigers do so, there's no question the committee will find a way to include them in the College Football Playoff. Either way, if it wasn't the year for an undefeated Group of Five team to make it in the playoff, a one-loss team certainly isn't cutting it this year. If we lose this weekend, we aren't going to be in the top four.
That is not necessarily false. The first edition of the 2019 playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday night. The Tigers, who have also beaten Navy, play Cincinnati at the end of the season while Navy faces SMU on November 23. And that was the case in 2016, when Pitt won with a winning field goal in the last seconds. OU could finish the season with three such victories. The Buckeyes offense has also been stellar this year, and they've picked up good wins over Cincinnati and Wisconsin. Its best win came at home against Texas A&M, but the Aggies have struggled to a 6-3 record.
No, Swinney is perfectly fine with Clemson in position No. 5. Alabama's secondary has been suspect at times and, if the Tide can't clean up those mistakes against the Tigers, Joe Burrow could take advantage of those holes in the secondary. They should move up to No. 4 in next week's ranking, under the game between teams Nos. Based on who's receiving votes in the AP and/or Coaches Polls, it can be assumed that Texas (5-3) and Iowa State (5-3) are knocking on the door. Two weeks after that, teams Nos. Ohio State is joined by Penn State (9.6) as the only two teams allowing fewer than 10 points per game. They are above Alabama (+275), Ohio State (+300), LSU (+700) and Penn State (+3300).
Clemson, on the other hand, does not have a win over a team now ranked in the CFP. In truth, Tuesday's rankings don't matter.
But 16th is the Wildcats highest playoff ranking since 2014, when the climbed as high as No. 9 under former coach Bill Snyder.