The College Football Playoff rankings have sparked an exciting new element of college football over the past few years. The first edition of the 2019 playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday night.
The debate has already begun regarding which teams deserve the top four spots. This week, Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State rounded out the top four. As a result, Clemson was on the outside looking in for now.
The Tigers haven’t lost a game yet. But the playoff committee feels Clemson’s lackluster strength-of-schedule and close win over North Carolina wasn’t enough to earn a top four spot.
Despite being ranked lower than expected, Tigers’ head coach Dabo Swinney isn’t worried.
“I would say they don’t give any trophies after nine games, last time I checked” Swinney said, via Scott Keepfer. “Thank goodness, right? Have we been No. 1 after nine games before? Maybe that year, but they don’t give trophies after nine games. It’s all good. We’re just honored to be one of those teams that has a chance. We’re going to keep scrapping and clawing seeing if we can try and win games.”
Swinney is staying positive despite the Tigers’ current No. 5 ranking. After all, there’s nothing Clemson can do about it expect for keep winning.
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.