College Football Rankings 2011: Should the Clemson Tigers Be Ranked in the Top Five?
Currently the Clemson Tigers are ranked No. 8 and are 6-0 with three wins over ranked teams.
Ahead of them are the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys, No. 6 Boise State Broncos, No. 5 Stanford Cardinal, and No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers.
All of which have only beaten three ranked teams between them, or then ranked teams if you want to get technical.
So does Clemson’s resume give them a case for being ranked in the Top Five despite beginning the season unranked?
The biggest reason is because after starting out 4-0, Clemson faced their most difficult test on the road in Blacksburg, VA. against the then-ranked No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies.
Needless to say, the Tigers defense proved to be much better than advertised and the offense had a sound performance in their 23-3 win.
The following week, Clemson avoided a hangover loss from Boston College and won 36-14.
And although two of three then-ranked teams they defeated are now unranked (Auburn, Florida State), Wisconsin’s only ranked team win is No. 14 Nebraska, while Oklahoma State’s is No. 23 Texas A&M, and Boise State’s was No. 19 Georgia who’s now unranked.
You can make a case for any of these teams to be in the Top Five, but Clemson has played the most consistent and impressive thus far.
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