→ Clemson Tigers still fighting for national respect

Excellent piece by Andrea Adelson about how Clemson’s success in recent years has not been enough to overcome its reputation:

Look at the actual results: Clemson’s only losses in 2014 were to teams that finished in the final top 10 of the AP and coaches polls (Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech). Go back the past three seasons, and Clemson’s only losses were to teams that finished in the final top 10 (Florida State and South Carolina in 2012 and 2013). It just so happens Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina have all been really good all at once. Failing to beat both consistently seems to be a harsh way of judging a team.

Let’s hope a full year of (heathy) Deshaun Watson can do some more to change that.