The Clemson Tigers have been one of the best college football programs in the country over the past few years, and they're fresh off of an undefeated, title-winning season. Their seemingly boundless success has single-handedly carried the reputation of the ACC too.
But this year, they seem to be doing even more work than usual. Plenty of their division rivals have suffered some embarrassing losses out of the gate, making the weakness of ACC teams not named the Clemson Tigers glaringly obvious.
The latest example of this came on Friday when Boston College lost in a 48-24 drubbing at home against Kansas, giving the laughingstock Jayhawks their first road win against a Power 5 team in over a decade. It's even more embarrassing when taken into consideration that Kansas was fresh off of an absolute stinker in which they managed just seven points against Coastal Carolina.
The rest of the conference has fared only marginally better, and some teams have gotten off to even worse starts, as improbable as that sounds. Florida State got embarrassed in their home opener and then nearly lost to Louisiana-Monroe. Miami has yet to win a game entering play on Sunday.
The only teams that have really looked anything close to strong are North Carolina State and Wake Forest, but neither of them have even squared off against a top-25 opponent yet.
It's a conference brimming with mediocrity, poor performance and disappointment. The only thing keeping it afloat is Clemson.
Without the Tigers, the ACC would be a complete and total disaster that would make the Sun Belt look good, so perhaps Clemson's success this year should be taken with a grain of salt.