Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers have set up what would appear to be the perfect college football team from top to bottom. They have an all-world quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, the best group of skill position players in the country, future NFL players all over the defense, and arguably the best group of assistant coaches in the sport. However, no team is unbeatable, and these four squads could take down mighty Clemson if they are firing on all cylinders at the right time.
Amazing things can happen when your program finally finds a quarterback. Joe Burrow is fourth in the country in passing yards over the first two games of the campaign, having also added 9 touchdowns-- including 4 on the road in Saturday's win over then-No. 9 Texas. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire toting the rock and Dave Aranada's defense swarming, the Bayou Bengals wouldn't back down from a matchup against Trevor Lawrence and the defending champs.
The country's leading QB in terms of passer rating is Jalen Hurts, the latest proof that Lincoln Riley has once again worked his magic and developed yet another signal-caller into one of the most dangerous weapons in the country. The Oklahoma defense is going to be a work in progress, but if any team can get into a shootout with the brilliant Tigers offense and come out on top, it's the Sooners.
2. Ohio State
After thrashing FAU, Ryan Day's Buckeyes reminded everyone that they should not be counted out when it comes to a potential playoff spot, having bulldozed a Cincinnati team that finished last season ranked by a score of 42-0. With Chase Young and Jeff Okudah leading the defense and transfer phenom Justin Fields in command behind center, OSU has the horses to run with Clemson.
Yes, they did get whooped last year when it counted, but let's not kid ourselves here. If any team in the country is going to put Clemson to the sword and come out on top, it's Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, period. Tua Tagovailoa might have struggled with nagging injuries down the stretch one season ago, but another year of seasoning and chemistry with his stable of star wide receivers will surely permit him to turn in a better performance should the two schools meet once again in the playoff.