ESPN analysts split on Clemson ranking
This weekend’s college football games mean some movement in the polls, but maybe not for Clemson.
In ESPN’s College Football Final show, Jesse Palmer didn’t move Clemson from their No. 4 position after a 31-14 win over Florida State – instead, vaulting undefeated ACC foe Miami to No. 3 after their 41-8 home win over Notre Dame and slotting Oklahoma up to No. 2 after a 38-20 win over TCU.
“(Clemson) didn’t dominate Florida State the way the score may indicate in that game and I have question marks about Kelly Bryant going forward throwing the ball deep down the field,” Palmer said. “They’re not as explosive as they were a year ago throwing it with Deshaun Watson. That’s understandable.
"Bottom-line, they still have one of the best defenses in the country.”
Joey Galloway still believes Clemson is the ACC’s best, ranking the Tigers No. 3, behind Alabama and Oklahoma at the top.
“I agree with Jesse. The score was a little different than it was actually played,” Galloway said, “but they got the win. Kelly Bryant is healthy and his running game makes everything go. The defense was a little shaky at times, but they got the win.”
Galloway top-five: 5. Wisconsin 4. Miami 3. Clemson 2. Oklahoma 1. Alabama
Palmer top-five: 5. Wisconsin 4. Clemson 3. Miami 2. Oklahoma 1. Alabama
Here's a sampling of more rankings and Playoff opinions from the four-letter network:
1. Alabama— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 12, 2017
If you want to flip 1 and 2 I have no issue with that.
CFP:— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 12, 2017
Bama, Georgia, Auburn - 1 spot.
Clemson, Miami - 1 spot.
Oklahoma, Wisconsin - 2 spots.
Those teams deserve to control their destiny. Everyone else needs help.
A little late today, but here's my top 10:— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 12, 2017
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
Immediate reaction is we see Bama, Miami, Clemson and OU in top 4 with Wisconsin on bubble.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) November 12, 2017
My top 4— Booger (@ESPNBooger) November 12, 2017
Wisconsin - Notre Dame loss helps them
Auburn - controls own fate
Georgia - still controls own fate
Here’s what I’m feeling for #CFBPlayoff rankings on Tuesday.— Adam Amin (@adamamin) November 12, 2017
MY NEW Top 6:— Jordan Rodgers (@JRodgers11) November 12, 2017
(And since i can already hear AUB fans yelling...don’t lose to LSU, team you should beat...will sort itself out either way vs Bama and/or SEC championship. Head 2 head doesn’t always trump extra L)
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