Is Clemson overrated at No. 2?
The third College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday night, and per usual, there was controversy. Clemson, which was No. 4 last week, moved up to No. 2 after beating Florida State and seeing both Notre Dame and Georgia lose in blowout fashion.
Many are wondering why Clemson, which lost to a Syracuse team with a losing record, is ranked above both Miami, which is undefeated, and Oklahoma, which has better wins and a better loss.
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports, for one, thinks it's odd that Miami is ranked behind the Tigers.
First of all, Clemson has a loss. It came a month ago on a Friday night on the road against Syracuse. Yes, Kelly Bryant was injured during the game and missed a lot of it, but Clemson still lost to Syracuse -- a Syracuse team that's currently 4-6. It's not a loss I'd consider to be a hideous one, but it's not a good look, either. Miami's loss, on the other hand ... well actually, Miami doesn't have a loss.
It likely won't matter in the end. Clemson and Miami play, and presumably, the winner will qualify for the playoff. Oklahoma, too, will likely be in, so long as it wins out.
But if you were surprised that Clemson was No. 2 last night - well, you're not alone.