Opinion: Sorry, Clemson, however no College Football Playoff for you. It be an SEC occasion


Clemson fans needs so as to rejoice Fresh one year’s Eve with out the stress of a College Football Playoff semifinal.

Clemson isn’t eradicated from the CFP after a 10-3 loss to Georgia on Saturday, however the direction to admission is extremely slim, in portion since the leisure of Clemson’s customary-season schedule aspects no opponents within the Top 25 of potentially the most customary USA TODAY Sports activities AFCA coaches ballot.

Clemson flopped in its substitute for a marquee victory.

The Tigers can even gathered score facets with the resolution committee if their offense improves throughout the season, however how severely will the committee earn that enchancment in opposition to a schedule of largely lackluster foes?

The ACC’s diversified projected high groups, North Carolina and Miami, also lost their openers, with UNC falling to ACC brethren Virginia Tech.

Clemson will no longer play UNC, Miami or Virginia Tech unless doubtlessly the ACC championship.

With Georgia possessing the head-to-head advantage over Clemson, the Tigers seemingly would need Georgia to undergo no longer much less than two losses to leapfrog the Bulldogs.

Even then, Alabama, Ohio Instruct, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Notre Dame can even block Clemson’s direction – and the ACC’s – to the playoff.

The SEC emerged from Week 1 in extensive form to hang no longer much less than two groups construct admission to the playoff. Add in future SEC member Oklahoma, and the CFP as soon as extra will be dominated by chants of S-E-C!

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A-lli-ance! doesn’t hang the the same ring to it.

Anyway, whenever you’re to take into consideration definite athletics directors or conference commissioners, one of the vital head priorities of the Giant Ten, ACC and Pac-12 alliance used to be to make stronger their love-minded academic level of curiosity.

And I’m no longer certain whether the nerd bowl allows celebratory chanting.

SEC isn’t so mighty on the underside

Some hang speculated that the SEC is the strongest it has ever been. The argument holds up must you concentrate on about Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M are reliable CFP contenders.

But the conference also has plenty of mature spots, as evidenced in this week’s making a wager traces.

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Tennessee (hosts Pittsburgh), Mississippi Instruct (hosts North Carolina Instruct), Arkansas (hosts Texas) and Vanderbilt (at Colorado Instruct) are making a wager-line underdogs, while South Carolina (at East Carolina) is a slim well-liked.

Bryce Young, Matt Corral detect the portion of Heisman hopefuls

Alabama’s Bryce Young displayed poise, imaginative and prescient and maturity to head with a ambitious arm, mobility and accuracy in a 44-13 indulge in shut over Miami. He confirmed he is worthy of the Heisman Trophy hype, regardless of having below no circumstances started a game sooner than this season.

Matt Corral also regarded the portion of Heisman contender in Ole Miss’ 43-24 thumping of Louisville.

Heisman stock down: Georgia’s JT Daniels and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler.

In spite of all the pieces, Heisman Trophies are gained with November and December performances, no longer September showings.

But if Young and Corral encourage enjoying love they did in their season openers, ask Ole Miss’ game at Alabama on Oct. 2 to also carry Heisman implications.

An early welcome for Texas

SEC expansion is pushed by cash and tv contracts. But from a soccer appreciation standpoint, the Arkansas-Texas and Texas A&M-Texas rivalries renewing is maybe the most bright portion of the Longhorns becoming a member of the SEC. Those rivalries were disrupted by old rounds of SEC expansion.

Texas and Oklahoma are scheduled to begin SEC competitors in 2025, however Saturday provides a prequel. Texas will play at Arkansas, its worn Southwest Convention rival, in entrance of a sellout crowd in Fayetteville (7 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN).

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Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman acknowledged that whenever you query fans who’re older than 30 to name Arkansas’ high rival, they’ll display Texas, regardless of the groups no longer competing within the the same conference since 1991.

“It’s what college soccer is all about,” Pittman acknowledged. “If there wasn’t any rivalries, it wouldn’t be any fun. … I reflect our formative years tag (the importance of this game). I in actual fact carry out.”

If the SEC shifts from divisions to a four-crew scheduling pod after Texas and OU be a part of, a pod featuring Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is logical.

The fully subject with that is it would interrupt the annual Battle for the Golden Boot between Arkansas and LSU, and you wouldn’t hang a guaranteed date between the Longhorns and Aggies.

I resolve an eight-crew division layout that would include Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, LSU and Texas A&M within the the same division. Rivalries galore.

If Will Levis is legit, detect out SEC East

Kentucky will host Missouri (7: 30 p.m. ET, SEC Community) in this week’s most interesting SEC game. The winner will emerge well positioned to fabricate as high as 2nd (however extra seemingly third) within the SEC East.

I ranked Missouri third within the SEC East, one situation ahead of UK, in my preseason predictions because Missouri had the extra confirmed quarterback commodity in returning starter Connor Bazelak.

And quarterback dependability counts for quite a bit.

Quality quarterback play had been the missing component throughout Trace Stoops’ in any other case applaudable coaching tenure at UK. If Kentucky’s Will Levis, a worn Penn Instruct backup, performs love he did in Saturday’s rout of Louisiana-Monroe, that snaps in a key share into the Wildcats’ puzzle.

Bazelak also fared well in Missouri’s indulge in shut over Central Michigan, however the right well-known person used to be working abet Tyler Badie, who rushed for 203 yards. Badie is a three-well-known person made of Briarcrest Christian in Eads, Tennessee. Credit Missouri’s worn coaching team for spotting a skill whom diversified SEC staffs neglected.

Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Columnist for the United States TODAY Community. Note him on Twitter @btoppmeyer.

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