If Alabama manages to come up short against Clemson again this season and Nick needs a new excuse besides blaming his staff and best players for being distracted by their futures, this ought to work.
Not only must the Tide face five of the top 16 teams in ESPN’s Football Power Index this season, it will probably meet FPI No. 3 Georgia – a team that Alabama rallied to beat in overtime in each of the last two postseasons – if it reaches the SEC championship game.
Meanwhile, the FPI gives Clemson a 92.3% chance of victory or better in 10 of its 12 games. In the other two games, the FPI gives the Tigers an 88% chance of beating Texas A&M and an 85.1% chance of winning the regular-season finale at South Carolina…
Talk about a one-team conference. The only top-20 FPI teams Clemson will face are Texas A&M (No. 11) and South Carolina (No. 18), both of the SEC, with Florida State falling just outside the top 20 at No. 21. The average FPI rating of the nine non-SEC, non-FCS opponents Clemson will face is 63rd.
Life’s a bitch, ain’t it.