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Paul Finebaum Goes Off On Clemson Following Saturday's Close Win

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

After only narrowly beating lowly North Carolina on Saturday, Clemson seems poised to lose a lot of No. 1 votes in the upcoming polls. Naturally, SEC analyst Paul Finebaum was among the first and loudest to pound the Tigers for their performance.

In a Sunday morning appearance on SportsCenter, Finebaum asserted that he would drop Clemson from the top four. He believes that after that performance Clemson is not as good as Alabama, Georgia, or Ohio State.

Nevertheless, he still expects them to make the College Football Playoff since they'll likely go undefeated.

Via 247Sports:

"I would drop them out of the top four... Listen, the question is are they one of the four best teams in the country right now? They are not one of the four best teams. They will get to the Playoffs because they won’t see anyone of consequence, but they’re not better than Alabama.

"They’re not better than Ohio State. Then, you can look around and match them up against Georgia. No, they’re not better than Georgia either.”

It's not much of a surprise to see Paul Finebaum finding any reason to criticize Clemson. But Tigers fans should be more concerned with how the team looked on Saturday.

Clemson didn't take the lead against North Carolina until the fourth quarter. Their rushing attack was largely bottled up. Star quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed only 60-percent of his passes.

The Tar Heels managed to score a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game. Head coach Mack Brown decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion, but the attempt was halted and the Tigers won 21-20.

Clemson heads into their bye with a lot to contemplate, but should breeze through the rest of their schedule.

Will Clemson still be ranked No. 1?