Clemson survived North Carolina on Saturday, but just barely. The Tar Heels, playing with house money, tried a two-point conversion attempt in the final two minutes that likely would have won them the game. But the Tigers weren’t fooled on the triple option call and survived, 21-20.
While Clemson won the game, many believe the Tigers could drop from their No. 1 spot in the polls come Sunday afternoon. Paul Finebaum of ESPN is one who believes they should, at least.
Finebaum took to Twitter late Saturday night to tell his followers that he does not believe Clemson should be ranked No. 1 on Sunday.
One thing is certain after today: Clemson should NOT be ranked No. 1 in the new poll.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 28, 2019
He followed that up with a SportsCenter spot on Sunday morning, explaining why he believes Clemson shouldn’t even be in the top four anymore. He did say, however, that he expects the Tigers will make the College Football Playoff.
“Well, I would drop them out of the top four,” Finebaum continued. “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.”
Finebaum clearly thinks Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia, in some order, are the three best teams in the country.
The reality, as Finebaum notes, is that if Clemson runs the table, even against a weak schedule, it will be in the playoff. How it fares once it’s there is up for debate.
The new Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll will drop on Sunday afternoon.