Most national analysts feel Clemson has played below its standard so far this season. As a result, the Tigers have seen their AP Top 25 ranking drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in a matter of weeks.
Clemson still hasn't lost a game this season. But a a close win over North Carolina and sub-par performance vs. Louisville was rather uninspiring. And the Tigers paid the price for several lackluster performances.
Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott thinks the team's drop in the rankings is unwarranted. But rather than just pointing out the Tigers' success, Scott called out Alabama.
The Tigers OC feels Clemson has been more impressive than the Crimson Tide so far this season.
"I think somebody told me yesterday that we've won five games by 31 points or more and you look at Bama, who's No. 1, and they've won three, and two of them were vs. Group of 5," Scott said, via 247Sports. "It's not really the rhetoric that we are seeing out there."
Looks like the Alabama-Clemson animosity is starting a bit early this season. The two elite programs have gone head-to-head in four straight College Football Playoff games, splitting the series at two a piece.
The Tigers have the latest bragging rights, winning the 2018-19 national title with a 44-16 blowout of the Tide. There's still a lot of football left to be played this season, but there's a good chance both teams once again make the CFP.
As for now, all Clemson can control is what's in front of them. As long as the Tigers keep winning, the rankings will sort itself out.