College Football League Rankings reactions: Clemson overrated, North Carolina undervalued in top 25 freshman

The 2022 season is drawing to a close, and the race for the College Football Playoff is in focus. The third edition of the CFP Rankings was released on Tuesday night, and there were no changes among the top five. Georgia hovered in first place, Ohio State remained second, Michigan held steady in third place, upstart TCU remained fourth after beating Texas, and Tennessee sits as the first-place team. 5 with his only loss coming to UGA.

There were some movers though. Washington jumped eight spots to No. 17 after beating No. 12 Oregon State in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend. That broke the Ducks’ streak of 23 consecutive home wins. North Carolina also moved into No. 13, jumping two spots after a wild win over Wake Forest. Meanwhile, the top-ranked teams right behind the Volunteers (well, the ones who didn’t lose) all slowly advanced.

Here’s a look at the teams that were overrated and underrated in the latest edition of the CFP Rankings.

Overrated: No. 9 Clemson

The eye test is part of the CFP selection committee criteria, and it’s hard to justify Clemson passing it—at least from an offensive perspective. Quarterback, DJ Uiagalelei, has been sued twice for ineffective play, and the Tigers offense has splattered more times than a motorized truck run on the brink of surrender.

What’s Clemson’s signature win other than now-no. 19 Florida? Victory over average now marked – no. 24 NC? Those are remarkably nice, especially considering where ACC foe North Carolina rank in the rankings (more on that in a second).

Here’s the truth: Clemson is in the top 10 solely because of brand recognition. This is it.

Underrated: No. 13 North Carolina State

OK, so Clemson has a four-point lead over UNC and the only loss of each is Notre Dame? The Tar Heels fell to the Fighting Irish 45-32, while the Tigers dropped a 35-14 decision in South Bend, Indiana, a game in which they didn’t have an iota of control. It was a blast and, quite frankly, nowhere near what the 35-14 score would indicate.

Yes, North Carolina’s loss at home came with Clemson’s loss on the road. This seems to be worth four points in the committee’s mind? The panel tells us a Tigers win at the halfway point deserves a four spot despite the fact that the Tar Heels looked much better in a comparative loss? I did not get it.

Overrated: No. 12 Oregon

The Ducks are one-loss ahead of UNC (see above) and No. 14 Ole Miss. We’ve already discussed heels, so let’s talk about the ducks in comparison to the rebels.

Oregon’s loss to No. 1 (Georgia) and No. 17 (Washington) teams. The two Ole Miss losses are No. 6 (LSU) and No. 8 (Alabama). In addition, Ole Miss plays in the SEC, which the committee has already identified as a factor in its decision-making process. The Rebels have a victory over #16 ranked opponent UCLA. Does this deserve two places in the ranking? I do not think so.

It’s as if the committee fell in love with the Ducks last week and didn’t want to get out of the way this week even though there are more worthy two-loss teams in the world of college football.


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