A Fox Sports analyst doesn’t believe Clemson should be ranked No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
He even has a conspiracy theory for why the defending national champions were granted that spot.
In a segment on Colin Cowherd’s “The Herd”, Joel Klatt cites the amount of southern coaches on the CFP panel and ESPN’s partnership with the SEC as the main factors behind Clemson’s ranking.
TigerNet.com reporter Brandon Rink transcribed the quotes from the interview.
“(SEC schools) been propped up by this committee for some reason and I think it’s to give Clemson, Georgia and Alabama a better resume,” Klatt told Colin Cowherd this week. “You know of the coaches on the committee. The former coaches, most are southern, I’m just telling you.”
“I just don’t think we get a great interpretation with the one television partner (ESPN) that’s talking about it,” Klatt said. “There’s some errors in this committee ranking, and like always, we fixate on the top-4-5-6 and that’s like the right hand of the magic trick. ‘Hey, look over here!’ What you don’t know is that this committee is not just taking resumes and saying, ‘Oh, what did they do?’ They’re also making the resumes. I’ve said this for a long time. They are manipulating resumes from what they do from 10-25.”
“Outside of the top-two, it’s not even close,” the former Colorado QB said of the league, “but they’ve propped up Auburn and propped up Mississippi State and they’ve propped up LSU, who’s a three-loss team that lost to Troy, and didn’t rank Michigan, which is a two-loss team. That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. And they did that in part, to what? Make Clemson’s resume look better.”
“I think Clemson is a touch overrated based on what they’ve done,” he said. “One is that Oklahoma, both of their road ranked wins are better than Clemson’s road ranked wins. Their (Oklahoma’s) loss is better. Oklahoma’s offense is the first offense is in Power 5 history to be averaging 8.5(7) yards per play. The only offense in college football to do that is 2006 Hawaii.
“They’ve got a great offense…Why would they not be No. 4? Because you prop up Auburn to No. 10 as a two-loss, you prop up LSU, you prop up Mississippi State.”
Clemson hosts Florida State on Nov. 11 in a 3:30 p.m. (EST) matchup that will be televised on ESPN.
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