Clemson given third-best Playoff odds by ESPN rating
|Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:41 AM- -|
Reigning champ Alabama holds that honor in 2021, with top-5 projected units on offense (5) and defense (2), followed by Oklahoma (No. 1 offense; No. 15 defense) and then the ACC Tigers (No. 8 offense; No. 1 defense).
Iowa State and Ohio State round out the top-5, with opener-opponent Georgia rated No. 7 (No. 12 offense; No. 4 defense) and North Carolina the next-best out of the ACC (13).
Correlating with the FPI rank, Clemson is given the third-best odds at a Playoff spot ($; 65 percent) behind Alabama (76) and Oklahoma (73) and Ohio State has slightly better odds (45) than FPI's No. 4 team Iowa State (41).
The ACC is only given a two percent chance at repeating in sending two teams to the Playoff.
Miami (20) joins Clemson and UNC in the FPI top 25 (No. 14 offense; No. 32 defense).
The Tigers are set to renew the Palmetto State rivalry in Columbia this year and South Carolina is rated 68th, which is the second-worst in the SEC (Vandy behind them in 93rd). November home opponent UConn is rated the second-worst team in all of college football, as projected 54 points worse than Clemson on a neutral field.