Clemson has risen to the rank of eighth in the country. This is pretty good for a team that was overlooked for the majority of the season.
The conference is a big factor to what teams get noticed and what teams are going to have to play a bit harder to place themselves in the spotlight.
Here are three teams whose conference had them disrespected early in the season.
Clemson has a resume that is complete with wins against Auburn, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.
Their resume so far in the season makes most wonder why they were passed over so early.
It is the whole debate of strength of schedule. Being an ACC school the schedule is not looked at the same as a Big Ten or Big 12 school.
Clemson is getting the respect they deserve now and will help the reputation of the ACC expand in football as it usually does.
Boise State easily could be ranked No. 1. They have put up many great displays offensively behind their Heisman candidate Kellen Moore.
The squad is a very talented group but much like Clemson does not have the strength of schedule to get them to the top of the BCS rankings.
Boise State likely will go undefeated but will also likely have another year where they do not get a chance at the National Championship because of the conference that they reside.
The Mountain West Conference does not hold the same clout that the others do. It even holds less than the ACC in football.
Much like Boise State the University of Houston comes out of a second rate conference.
Houston’s Conference USA wins are not turning any heads. They just barely grasp onto a number 25 ranking because their record is an undefeated one.
Houston has not had a statement game against a really strong opponent yet this season and will not have one due to how weak their schedule is.
But being such an offensive force they are something to take notice of and will not get the respect they deserve due to being a Conference USA school.
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