Whoa Nellie! To steal the famous line from The Best Announcer in the history of college football, Keith Jackson
The hyperbole is done! It’s time to play some football!
It’s #1 Clemson versus #2 Alabama for all the marbles. The ACC versus the SEC again.
Strength of Schedule: 4. Alabama – 96-58, 62.34% and 25. Clemson – 88-65, 57.52%. Strength of schedule is what everything should be measured by. it is a multiplier. It is why I have been able to say with high confidence that Oregon is overrated and will lose. Total offense and defense and scoring, etc can be copmpared across teams by looking at strength of schedule.
Bama is 73d in passing, 27th in rushing, 36th in points for, and 3rd in points against. Third with a power ranking of 4!
Clemson is 23rd in passing and rushing, 15th in points for, and 18th in points against.
Clemson is undefeated, ‘Bama has one loss in a close game to the then #15 Ole Miss Rebels. ‘Bama had the #4th hardest schedule, Clemson had the 25th.
‘Bama is a 7 point favorite against the #1 RANKED team in the nation. ‘Bama has the 4th toughest schedule and the 3rd best defense. It’s ‘Bama’s defense versus Clemson’s offense because THAT defense can basically shut down Clemson’s Offense while the ‘Bama offense has hanged about 35+ points on their ranked opponents (and ‘Bama has the 4th toughest schedule).
‘Bama is a 7 point favorite at the time of writing, THEY BEAT THAT SPREAD!!!! (as much as I would love a Clemson win here as my beloved PITT Panthers are ACC).