Fact or Fiction: Clemson is no longer the next Alabama
In today’s Fact or Fiction, national columnist Mike Farrell looks at three big recent topics in college football and decides whether each statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.
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1. Clemson is no longer the next Alabama.
Farrell’s take: FICTION. Many are down on the Tigers based on their early start, but as recent national champions (twice) and constant playoff competitors they are still the closest thing to Alabama you can find out there.
2. Arkansas is underrated.
3. Notre Dame can go undefeated.
Farrell’s take: FACT. This could happen. And the Irish could also lose four games. That’s how interesting the schedule is for Notre Dame moving forward. Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, USC, North Carolina, Navy, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Stanford are all solid teams, but many of them have proven they can also lose on any given Saturday.
It’s unlikely that this Irish team we see – one that struggled against Florida State and Toledo – could run the table. But let’s put it this way: If the Irish get past the next three games without a loss they could really make a run.