Bowden: Dabo, Clemson In "No-Win Situation"

The Tigers will make the playoff if they win out, but they might not have any margin for error

Tiki and Tierney
November 07, 2019 - 10:57 am
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The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its initial rankings Tuesday, and the Clemson Tigers couldn’t have been happy about their spot. The Tigers, who have won 24 games in a row and are the defending national champions, were ranked fifth.

Clemson came within a two-point conversion of losing to North Carolina on Sept. 28. Since them, the Tigers have won four straight games by an average of 40.8 points per game.

Is it possible that people are making too much of one close win?

“Clemson, unfortunately, is in a no-win situation,” ACC Network analyst Tommy Bowden said on Tiki & Tierney. “A close loss to North Carolina, (people say), ‘Gosh, maybe Clemson is not that good.’ When they blow out the other teams, they say, ‘Well, the ACC is not that good.’ So it’s hard for them to win.”

Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, and Penn State were ranked first through fourth, respectively. LSU and Alabama, of course, square off in Tuscaloosa this Saturday, while Ohio State and Penn State will meet in Columbus on Nov. 23. 

Clemson will make the playoff if it goes unbeaten, but it might not have any margin for error.

“I do think they were penalized,” Bowden said of the close win at North Carolina, “but unfortunately, it’s an extremely weak year in the ACC. You might have another four-loss, five-loss Coastal division champion.”

Clemson closes the regular season at N.C. State (4-4), against No. 19 Wake Forest (7-1), and at South Carolina (4-5).

Click below to listen to Bowden’s interview in its entirety.