Clemson was lucky to escape Chapel Hill with a win today. The No. 1 Tigers got a huge two-point conversion stop against the UNC Tar Heels with just over a minute left, and recovered a tricky onside kick attempt to seal a 21-20 win. That was enough for analyst Danny Kanell this week.
North Carolina is better than most thought in year one under Mack Brown. Still, it is a team that the nation's top program should handle by a few touchdowns, even on the road.
The question now: will Clemson be No. 1 in the polls come tomorrow morning? Alabama had a convincing win, even if it wasn't a thorough domination of Ole Miss. Georgia and LSU were on bye, and Ohio State made the weekend's biggest statement with a massive 48-7 win at Nebraska.
Some think Ohio State could jump up to No. 1. Others may only move Alabama ahead of the Tigers, for now.
Danny Kanell, the college football personality perhaps most associated with ACC homerdom, isn't having it. Despite the fact that he will often bang the drum for the eye test and resumes, he's keeping Dabo Swinney's team at the top, even if they haven't looked the part on the field.
He released his top eight teams after Week 5:
- Ohio State
It is hard to really question the rest. Oklahoma was dominant against Texas Tech, Auburn was the same against Mississippi State and continues to add to perhaps the nation's best resume. Wisconsin was sloppy against Northwestern but wrapped up another solid win.
When asked by media colleague and former college quarterback Dan Orlovsky if he has Clemson at No. 1 by mistake, Kanell said that his policy is for No. 1 to stay at No. 1 until it loses.
Keeping Clemson at No. 1 is almost solely based on preseason expectations and prior season results, which is what it is, but it is pretty incongruous with being willing to move the rest of the rankings based on how teams look each week.