Chavous: "Clemson Is The Team To Beat"

LSU and Ohio State have seemingly been on a collision course for much of the season; well, Dabo Swinney might have something to say about that

Taz and the Moose
December 10, 2019 - 10:05 am
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For much of the college football season, No. 1 LSU (13-0) and No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) were seemingly on a collision course to play for the national championship.

Well, Corey Chavous doesn’t see the College Football Playoff unfolding in that manner.

“I’m still a big Clemson guy,” the CBS Sports college football analyst and founder said on Taz & The Moose. “I guess people are just kind of throwing them out, and I don’t know why. This North Carolina game that they won by one point, it’s kind of carried on throughout the season. People have said they haven’t had a tremendous schedule, but for me, Clemson is the team to beat going into the entire playoff.”

Clemson, the defending national champion, has won 28 straight games. After surviving a one-point scare against North Carolina, the Tigers won their final eight games by an average of 42.1 points.

It’ll be interesting to see which playoff teams, if any, benefit from the three-week layoff.

“I think the team that benefits the most is the team with the most talent – and the team with the most talent is Clemson,” Chavous said. “Now it comes down to whether or not Swinney can come up with the type of game plan necessary (to win).”

Indeed, Swinney will have to find a way to beat Ryan Day, who is 16-0 as a head coach, as well as LSU’s standout staff of Steve Ensminger, Joe Brady, and Dave Aranda.

“We talk about the OC for LSU, but you also got to deal with Dave Aranda in this tournament, who I think is still one of the better defensive coordinators in the country,” Chavous said. “You’re dealing with Ryan Day. So for Dabo Swinney, particularly when you lose Jeff Scott, those types of things, Alabama has had to go through those things quite a bit. But the coaching matchup is what those three weeks really come down to, so that’s going to be the key. The most talented team, I believe, is Clemson.”

Clemson and Ohio State will square off in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28. If victorious, the Tigers would play the winner of LSU versus No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) for the national championship on Jan. 13.