Clemson finished off a magical National Championship run with a victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide last year. The Tigers are off a hot start this season, running teams out of the building on a weekly basis.
Clemson has given pollers no reason to put them second in the AP rankings, but that’s where they are on a weekly basis. Many wonder why the Alabama Crimson Tide remain the top ranked team in the country after losing head-to-head to the Tigers only six games ago.
Paul Finebaum appeared on ESPN First Take to explain why he believes the Crimson Tide belong ahead of the Tigers.
“On paper, Clemson has a better body of work but I don’t think they’ve beaten a great team and I think Alabama has done that and therefore I’d rank them No. 1,” Finebaum said. “But I don’t think there’s a lot of difference between Alabama and Clemson.”
The Tigers have failed to put massive amounts of distance between themselves and more competent competition. They beat Auburn by only eight points, and Virginia Tech hung around longer that voters would have liked to have seen.
Meanwhile, Alabama put up 66 points against Ole Miss, and hasn’t failed to win a single game by fewer than three scores.
There’s no debating that these two teams would be first in to the College Football Playoff right now, and ultimately that’s all that matters. Only five weeks into the season and it appears that the two are on course to meet in the National Championship for a third consecutive season.
The only way to really settle this debate is another head-to-head matchup.
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