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    Clemsons sudden second loss gives college football a needed …

    If there was one overwhelming constant in the college football playoff era, it was Clemson and Dabo Swinney.

    well, not this year.

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    clemson fell, again, on saturday in a 27-21 double overtime loss at nc state, a second loss that in all likelihood sends the tigers into the most unlikely category before october rolls around: out of the running for the playoffs.

    Even more surprising is how it got here. the tigers (2-2) mysteriously fight offensively. And we mean fight. they have played three games against fbs competition. in those 12 quarters, they scored four touchdowns and a total of 31 points, averaging just 216 yards per game.

    The post-trevor lawrence era is off to a rocky start: a georgia cheat, a slow start against a bad georgia coaching team, and then what happened on saturday in a game that shouldn’t even have gone to overtime. a wolf pack team that lost to the mississippi state controlled swinney tigers.

    nc state outscored them 386-214, tripled them in first downs (31-10) and dominated time of possession impressively (42 minutes to 18). something we don’t usually write about: a clemson quarterback was completely inefficient.

    d.j. Uiagalelei, the five-star heir to this soccer kingdom and the star of Dr Pepper’s new “Fansville” commercials, completed 12 of 26 passes for 111 yards on Saturday. In three FBS games, he has thrown for a total of 415 yards, which most Clemson quarterbacks seem to do in a single game. he has two touchdowns and two interceptions. and fails 45% of attempts on it.

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    nc state celebrated as you’d think a team that hadn’t beaten a top 10 team in nearly a decade would: their fans stormed the field. It was Clemson’s first loss to an unranked team since 2017. And for the first time since 2014, Swinney & co. they carry two losses before their fifth game arrives. In fact, in four of the last six years, Clemson hasn’t even lost a second game. The other two years, he lost his second game in the CFP semifinals.

    It’s a remarkable streak that we all knew had to end at some point. Few would have chosen this as that moment. but the loss is the latest evidence that, get this, we could have parity by returning to college football this year.

    parity!

    In the second week of the season, Ohio State lost at home for the first time since 2017, and Oklahoma looked shaky, with close losses to Tulane and Nebraska. Notre Dame also seems far from invincible, with close calls to Toledo and the state of Florida, and the Alabama defense having quite a few leaks in Florida.

    parity? parity!

    It’s something we really miss in the game.

    For the past two decades, a small group of teams have dominated the game, and in the playoff era, an even smaller group is strangling college football. parity, never too pronounced in college football annals anyway, has felt like it’s gone the way of the triple option.

    During the first seven years of the playoff era, four teams held 20 of the 28 playoff spots (71%): Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and, of course, Clemson.

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    the tigers have put the acc in a pretty tough spot. For years now, the gap between Clemson and the next best team in the league has been surprisingly wide. royal, very wide. why do you think the conference would crawl over broken glass to have notre dame as a permanent member? or why do you think he hounded texas during the realignment shakeup this summer?

    because, right now, the only undefeated teams in the conference are…wake forest and boston college (who knows?).

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    North Carolina, a playoff contender, began the season by laying an egg against Virginia Tech. And what did the technology do? lose to west virginia last week. louisville was spanked by ole miss. NC State, as mentioned above, lost to the State of Mississippi. pitt lost to western michigan, and miami, another preseason top 25 program entering the year, has already lost twice.

    and here we sit, on September 1st. 25, with the most feared program in the acc and the most constant presence of the cfp offstage.

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