Am I the only fan of college football that doesn’t understand how anyone could objectively rank Clemson as number one? I’m not the only one who thinks college football does not have a true number one team. Other than a dancing, high-fiving coach, Clemson has nothing to rate being ranked. In my opinion, we have all the ingredients of mediocrity in the 2015 Clemson football team:
- A weak schedule filled with toddler-grade competitors. The strategy makes sense: Buy a piece-of-cake schedule, so your team can go undefeated and achieve number-one rank. Yes, the plan worked, but the ranking committee exists to bring equity to the system. A winning team that has only played weak teams cannot rank close to a team with one or two losses that have played worthy opponents.
- I see no exceptional talent. Clemson has nobody. Still, the so-called “experts” hype Deshaun Watson as a Heisman contender. Really? After completing more passes to the opposing team than his own (I exaggerate to make my point) during a lackluster season, and having faced no in-game challenges, how could anyone seriously call Deshaun a candidate for the Heisman trophy? Put him on the field against a real college quarterback and the world will see his true talent, but will that ever happen?
- I see a bumbling, bungling team of clowns. Based only on turnovers, Clemson has disqualified itself as a number one team. Even during its abysmal showing versus North Carolina in the ACC Championship, the so-called number-one team had one turnover, one ejection, and nine penalties: I see no way these stats can belong to a team that’s “best in the nation.”
- I see narrow wins against weak teams. I could review the entire Clemson season illustrating the inherent weakness of what I consider as the astounding ineptitude of Coach Dabo & Co., but I need only mention the past two Clemson appearances to close the case. South Carolina was unranked this year. Even worse, the team was sabotaged by, in my opinion, a despicable coach who quit after making the “winningest college football coach” title. He ruined the entire second half of the 2014 season, failed to recruit during the off-season and then abruptly quit the team during the first half of the 2015 season. As victims of a coach I would describe as the “reprehensible Spurrier,” the Gamecocks spent the season in chaos and disarray. The “experts” predicted a blowout favoring Clemson against South Carolina by epic proportions. Still, the “Number One Team in the Nation” turned over the ball three times and eeked out a victory by only five points. No, Clemson does not rank number one.Those favoring truth and justice looked to North Carolina as the final chance to put the Clemson football team in its place. Rated number ten, following a humiliating defeat by South Carolina to start the season, North Carolina football had a strong season, although, that team also has never played any serious contenders. How the Tarheels ranked number ten defies explanation. Still, Clemson could only beat this team by 8 points. Even worse, I think Clemson could only defeat North Carolina via referee, not talent.With momentum favoring North Carolina, Clemson had to use what I think is its pay-off-the-referee card to win the game to avoid North Carolina’s perfect onside kickoff. The onside kick was going to pave the way to a Tarheel victory, but I believe Clemson had at least one ref in its deep pocket. Curiously, the only bad call of the entire game came on an “unreviewable” call. Despite the fact that everyone knows the “offsides” call was bogus, the “experts” that I consider as “simpletons” continued calling Clemson “Number One.” Figure.
- Immoral Leadership. I believe Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney has done an excellent job of making himself rich while cheating the players under his tutelage. By buying a cake schedule and refusing to allow his players to face real competition, he has, what seems to me, a team of deluded imbeciles who believe what I consider blatant lies. Although statistics and performances reveal the what I perceive as the pathetic state of Clemson football, these poor guys think they rank number one. How awful these guys will feel if they ever move to a real college or professional team. What a humiliating future they face, but a small price to pay for Dabo’s large bank account.I think Dabo exhibited further immorality in the immediate aftermath of his humiliation versus North Carolina. Speaking to ESPN while leaving the field, Dabo was praising himself and his talentless team as if they had done something to win. Sure, other than buying the off-sides call, Clemson could have done nothing to bring justice and fairness to the situation. Still, here’s a paraphrase of what I think a moral Coach-Clown Dabo would have said:
Folks, I’m glad we won the game, but I’m not proud of how we won it. Players, teams, and fans should have confidence that referees will make calls consistent with the rules of the game. North Carolina made a perfect on-side kick that might have given them the victory. No one on the field, in the stadium, or in the viewing audience agrees with that call, because North Carolina was not off-sides. Period. Were this a reviewable call, I would have challenged it myself, because I believe in my team, but I also believe in fair play. I pledge to the Tarheels, to Clemson, and to my fans, that I will campaign to make every play reviewable, so this type of travesty does not recurr. Yes, my team won, but we won by referee, not by playing like a number one team.
So, no: I confidently believe Clemson does not rank number one. Even after what I think is a win-by-ref over North Carolina, the Playoff Committee published their final rankings with Clemson at the top. I have only two opinions that might explain the incredible blindness to reality of the college ranking system:
- I might believe all of college football sucks this year. Maybe every single D1 college football team sucks in 2015. Maybe Clemson is number one. They play horrible, ugly football and claim the number-one ranking because no college has a good team this year.
- I might believe that money goes farther (and corruption deeper) in college football than anyone previously thought. Clemson has money: Big money. By bidding higher than any other team, the university has bought themselves a number-one team.
In either case, I think college football has become a joke. I think Dabo is the lead clown, and I think the prison-jumpsuit-wearing playmates fit the role of the jesters.