I agree. The only Poll that matters is the CFBP Poll at the end of the season!
Clemson is coming off a "so-called bad year" at 10-3 and a great deal of talent returning! They know what we know! If the Tigers had better team health and QB/OL play the Tigers make the playoffs and who knows what happens!
We'll know after game 1 or no later than game 2 if the offense is still stagnant or not. If the offensive production can come within the same hemishpere as the defensive production - "we are in there this year(CFP)"!
No, absolutely not. You’re completely missing the point. I was pleased to see us at #4 and thought they would have us slotted #5. It’s not about the ranking. It’s the not so subtle way ESPN pumps the sec teams over anyone else. That’s all. Maybe I’m the only one who read it that way, but I highly doubt it.
I think you're reading too much into those 8 sentences. They included a 2-sentence paragraph about the team that was voted #1, and no one else. I do not detect any disrespect to the team ranked 4 at all.