BCS computers not a fan of Clemson's Tigers

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant dives for the end zone past The Citadel defensive back Sadath Jean-Pierre to score a touchdown in the second quarter. Clemson defeated The Citadel 52-6 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant dives for the end zone past The Citadel defensive back Sadath Jean-Pierre to score a touchdown in the second quarter. Clemson defeated The Citadel 52-6 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

There are three components to the BCS formula, and Clemson fans won't like one of them.

After the Harris and Coaches Poll had Clemson No. 4, the computer average knocked the Tigers to just No. 6 overall (.773). That six-computer average has Clemson No. 10.

CBS projected the Tigers at No. 4 earlier in the day.

No. 5 Missouri (.808) closes the season hosting Texas A&M and can clinch a berth in the SEC Championship Game.

No. 4 Auburn (.824) concludes their year hosting No. 1 Alabama and can clinch their berth in the SEC Championship game.

No. 3 Ohio State (.920) plays at Michigan next week and will be in the Big Ten title game to close the year.

In the computer ranks, Clemson is ranked as high as fourth and as low as 14th, while Missouri and Auburn are in the top-10 of each of the six components.

Clemson in the Polls

Harris: 4

Coaches: 4

Computers: 10

Clemson bowl projections

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TigerNE writes:

Welcome to the schedule strength issues of being in the ACC.......

If we had played a closer game against FSU this wouldn't be a discussion. But outside of beating UGA there hasn't been another game to help us offset the negative balance of losing so bad - in numbers - to FSU.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Welcome to the schedule strength issues of being in the ACC.......

If we had played a closer game against FSU this wouldn't be a discussion. But outside of beating UGA there hasn't been another game to help us offset the negative balance of losing so bad - in numbers - to FSU.

Two FCS teams hurts too, but that's kind of a product of the shift from the 9-game back to the 8-game ACC schedule.

lhaselden writes:

When we beat USC it ain't no problem... lose to USC and it don't matter, we will be in the Chik-Fil-A.... We will be behind every 2 loss team in SEC and Pac-12

TigerNE writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Two FCS teams hurts too, but that's kind of a product of the shift from the 9-game back to the 8-game ACC schedule.

True. And one of those games started the whole Tajh funk period where he wasn't allowed to run as much and was throwing like a wild man. That game (SC State) still helped us overall with stats for calculated rankings but not as much on the subjective or human rankings. At least that's my guess.

tigerrob44 writes:

Being ranked 10th in the computer poll is a result of Georgia not being ranked in the top 25. The only good team we played other than Georgia is FSU and we all know what happened there. We are being punished by the computers because Georgia lost their team to injury and couldn’t beat anyone. When we played Georgia they were ranked number 5 and see how we shot up in the polls, but nobody really knows about what the computers would have had us ranked after that because the BCS hadn’t started yet. It would be interesting to see how much value the computers put on the Georgia win then as compared to now. Playing in a weak conference hurts us in the computer as everyone knows. But we are in the ACC and you have to play the teams on your schedule. The SEC is perceived as some kind of semi-pro like league. Do you know they are 58 and 45 over the ACC in the last 13 years? That is not total and absolute domination like they (SEC fans and espn) seem to think it is and really brag about it all the time. Think about that 56% winning percentage over the ACC. That’s less than 6 wins out of every 10 games. That’s almost even. But people sure do think they are something special. If we get beat Saturday we may get knocked out of the Orange Bowl. I think the Orange still will take us because it is coming down to a 10 and 2 Missouri or whatever Oregon is if they are still in it. I have a feeling no matter what happens Saturday the Orange Bowl will have a Clemson and Oklahoma State game. That is big for tv and for people in the stands and that’s what drives who goes where and to what. Beat SC and no problem. Get beat by SC and then be nervous in a couple of weeks watching the BCS selection show. There will be a lot of weird things that happen between now and midnight on December 8 when the conference championship games are over.

SoCalTiger writes:

It will be an ongoing thing if they continue to schedule cream puffs and lose big games.

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