Clemson Tigers (6-0)
Remaining Schedule: vs. NC State | at Florida State | vs. Louisville | at Boston College | vs. Duke | vs. South Carolina
Of the highest-ranked teams in the country, perhaps none of them have played an easier schedule to this point than the Clemson Tigers. To date, they have not played a ranked opponent yet — though Texas A&M has since become ranked. What’s more, they are also playing in the ACC, a conference that has been historically disappointing to this point in the season. All that leaves some questions about this team.
Having said that, we’re going to see what this Clemson team and freshman starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence are all about in Week 8 of the season as they welcome the NC State Wolfpack to Death Valley. As stated, the Wolfpack are also one of the remaining undefeated teams and they have talent on both sides of the ball to compete.
Despite not being tested to this point in the season, however, this Clemson team can simply overwhelm everyone that they play from here on out with their talent. Lawrence has been proving himself all season with playmaking wide receivers around him and running back Travis Etienne is looking like a Heisman candidate. And let’s not forget the defense that is one of the best units in the country in terms of talent.
Thus, I don’t think NC State is the team to do it, nor is any other team in the ACC, such as Duke or whatever team they could face in the ACC Championship Game. Having said that, when it’s time for the College Football Playoff, the Tigers will prove to be a bit weaker than the rest of the field and suffer their first loss then.
First Loss: College Football Playoff