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Clemson's Playoff Chances Are Not Over After Loss To Pitt

Clemson lost its first game of the year on Saturday, and some fans think the team's College Football Playoff chances are toast.

The Clemson Tigers suffered a big setback on Saturday, dropping their first contest of the year - a 43-42 loss to Pitt. The loss, no doubt, will knock the Tigers from the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings this Tuesday. But if you're a Clemson supporter freaking out about the team's chances later this year - stop.

Clemson is now 9-1, but it still controls its own destiny in the ACC, given the fact that it owns the tiebreaker over Louisville. If the Tigers beat Wake Forest to win the ACC Atlantic, then beat South Carolina in their in-state rivalry game and cap it off with a league title over the Coastal winner, they'll likely get in.

Why?

Let's say Alabama wins out and finishes 13-0 - the Tide is in. Ohio State and Michigan still have to play, so worst case, Michigan finishes 13-0 and winds up as the 2-seed. If Washington can run the table (it's currently losing to USC at halftime), the Huskies would be the 3-seed. Who'd be 4? A one-loss Louisville team that Clemson beat? A two-loss Oklahoma team? Doubtful.

The bigger worry, of course, is the fact that Clemson has had this many close calls this season. The Tigers may not actually be one of the four best teams in the country - but we'll find that out in the coming weeks.