Clemson and the ACC are Toast
When the Clemson Tigers were upset by the NC State Wolf Pack on Saturday, it effectively ended the chances of the Atlantic Coast Conference landing in the College Football Playoff. The ACC was able to get two teams in the field a season ago (thanks Notre Dame), but the league isn’t going to get anyone this year.
Heading into the 2021 season there was plenty of talk about some teams being able to challenge Clemson for the conference title. Similar discussions have popped up over the last five years, but it is finally happening this time around.
Clemson is now just 2-2 on the season, and they have a pair of bad performances on the resume. It not only looks like the rest of the ACC is catching up to Clemson, but it also appears that the Tigers are heading in the wrong direction.
Dabo Swinney has gotten a ton of credit for his coaching ability at Clemson, but his best strength was his ability to recruit. Not having Trevor Lawrence leading the offense has made things a challenge this season, and Swinney doesn’t appear to have any answers.
Clemson could still win out the remainder of the season, but it actually feels like the Tigers might be heading to a few more losses. The Clemson dynasty was one of the best in college football, but it’s a dynasty that is quickly coming to an end.
With Clemson no longer carrying the banner for the ACC, this league just doesn’t have any other teams that are going to step up. Wake Forest and NC State look like two of the betting favorites at this point, but neither team is seriously going to be considered for the CFP.
Thanks for playing ACC, but your time is up.
FSU, Miami Both in Shambles
We could spend days talking about the struggles of both Miami and Florida State, but it can be summed up in just two words: they stink. Florida State is actually in a much worse position than Miami, but neither program is going anywhere anytime soon.
The Hurricanes continue to play well against weaker teams, but they have been blown out by two Top 25 teams this season. Florida State is an abysmal 0-4 on the year, and they just continue to lose games that they have no business losing.
A Chance For Cincinnati?
Now that it appears that the ACC is not going to have a candidate for the College Football Playoff this season, the door is wide open for the Cincinnati Bearcats. This is the biggest weekend in the program’s history as they head to South Bend, Indiana to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
A win on Saturday could get Cincinnati up into the Top 5, and they would be firmly in the CFP discussion. The Bearcats are always going get passed over for Power 5 Conference winners, but it would be hard to leave an undefeated Cincinnati team out.