CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson was ranked No. 1 in the nation when the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff rankings were released on Nov. 4. The Tigers have maintained that position for over two months, but they enter Monday’s national championship game against Alabama as a 7-point underdog.
Clemson sophomore wide receiver Artavis Scott doesn’t agree with Vegas’ thinking and offered his take on how the conclusion was drawn.
“People look at Alabama and they look at the name. That’s all their doing,” Scott said. “That’s how most teams get beat is because they play from a name and not a standard…. If it was anyone else they would have never said that. It is what it is.”
A theme that came up throughout Tuesday’s media availability with the Clemson football team was about earning”respect”. It’s obviously fitting considering the team’s underdog status, but it comes as nothing new to Clemson. Just as the team is predicted to falter against the Crimson Tide, the Tigers have been deemed inferior to their opponents all season long.
“You go back to every big game we played this year, we were underdogs,” redshirt junior Travis Blanks said. “Notre Dame, Florida State, just go down the list. Some people picked us as an underdog in the ACC Championship against North Carolina. Oklahoma, this year and last year. It’s just all bologna.”
Clemson walked away victorious from every single one of those games that Blanks rattled off, and it will try and do so again next Monday in Glendale, Ariz.