October 20, 2021

Observations as Clemson outlasts Georgia Tech, 14-8

Clemson begins the most important part of its season this afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers (1-1), ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, host Georgia Tech (1-1) in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m..

Without its seventh consecutive ACC championship on its resume by the season’s end, Clemson is unlikely to earn a berth in the four-team College Football Playoffs, especially with a season-opening loss to Georgia giving the selection committee an item in the “reasons not to invite” box. 

In the seven years of the CFP, no team has lost its opener and then made the field. Just as notable is that no team with two losses has received a bid. While there’s no reason to doubt that Clemson could build a solid case for the CFP despite its 10-3 defeat against the Bulldogs, its argument would be significantly weakened by another…

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