ESPN expert ranks Clemson No. 1 after early games


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Kelly Bryant instilled confidence in Clemson's chance with a big game Saturday.

Two ESPN college football analysts placed Clemson in their top-two ranked teams after Saturday's action.

For former Ohio State receiver Joey Galloway, No. 1 is where the Tigers started.

"An undefeated champion for me, since we've started this Playoff, has always been No. 1 until they get beat," Galloway said. "We'll find out what Clemson is (from their schedule), but for right now, they're No. 1."

In a new role with ESPN's College Football Final show, Jesse Palmer had some Clemson concerns alleviated with the 56-3 opener win, ranking Clemson No. 2 overall if the College Football Playoff started today.

"There were a lot of question marks at the quarterback position with Kelly Bryant replacing a legend in Deshaun Watson. (Bryant) was outstanding," Palmer said, referencing Bryant's 313 total offensive yards performance. "Throwing the football. Running the football.

"And their defense is great as well."

Both Galloway and Palmer listed Florida State in their top-five best teams after the Seminoles' loss to Alabama, but added a caveat for injured starting quarterback Deondre Francois' status (apparent knee injury).

"If we find out that Francois is (seriously) hurt by next Saturday, we may have to do something different," said Galloway.

ESPN Early Top-5 Ranks

Joey Galloway: 5. Oklahoma 4. Florida State 3. Ohio State 2. Alabama 1. Clemson

Jesse Palmer: 5. Florida State 4. Penn State 3. Ohio State 2. Clemson 1. Alabama

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