Clemson Can Finally Shut All the Haters Up by Taking Down Ohio State in CFP

Dabo Swinney
Clemson was ranked No.3 in the final edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

After a stimulating regular season campaign, the College Football Playoff semifinals were officially set in stone on Sunday afternoon.

The revelation featured a bit of a surprise, as LSU took over the No. 1 spot after undressing Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday. Ed Orgeron's side will face off against Jalen Hurts and No. 4 Oklahoma.

The more intriguing matchup, however, sees No.2 Ohio State set up against No.3 Clemson, where Dabo Swinney's bunch will have the opportunity to shut their haters up if they were to take down the Buckeyes.

Clemson has glided under the radar virtually all season long. That probably has something to do with their cupcake schedule, but we are still talking about the defending champions that have won an FBS-best 28 consecutive games.

The Tigers have slowly taken over Alabama's spot as college football's preeminent program, and that concept has seen an inadmissible abundance of shade thrown their direction.

The former nationwide respect and infatuation that they once boasted, however, can be won back with a dub over the undefeated Buckeyes, who have pummeled each of their opponents by at least 11 points this season.

It's that simple for Clemson.

Beat the Buckeyes, who looked awfully vulnerable for 2.5 quarters against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, and your haters will crawl back into the holes from which they came.