No. 1 no more? Paul Finebaum has Clemson free falling after Week 5 narrow win over UNC
The Clemson Tigers narrowly escaped an upset bid by North Carolina Saturday 21-20.
The Tar Heels elected to go for two points and the win over Clemson, but the Tigers stopped them short of the goal line. Now, everyone is wondering just how good Clemson really is and just how far they may fall in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings.
Paul Finebaum joined SportsCenter Sunday morning, and he has the Tigers free falling after the narrow win.
“We’re talking about what we’ve seen this year, not what happened last year,” Finebaum said. “They’re not even close to being the best team in the country, and if you matched them up against the top team in the country, they would lose. They have beaten Texas A&M and UNC. They’ve scored 24 and 21 points. That’s not the offense we saw last year at the end of the season, and they have a lot of issues. And if they don’t correct them — of course, they have nobody to play for the next three months, they will not repeat as national champions.”
How far should Clemson drop?
“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.”
Clemson won’t face another ranked opponent for the rest of the season. Should the Tigers win out, they are in the Playoff.