Clemson Assistant Calls Out Alabama Regarding The Tigers’ Rankings Drop

first_img The Tigers OC feels Clemson has been more impressive than the Crimson Tide so far this season.“I think somebody told me yesterday that we’ve won five games by 31 points or more and you look at Bama, who’s No. 1, and they’ve won three, and two of them were vs. Group of 5,” Scott said, via 247Sports. “It’s not really the rhetoric that we are seeing out there.”Looks like the Alabama-Clemson animosity is starting a bit early this season. The two elite programs have gone head-to-head in four straight College Football Playoff games, splitting the series at two a piece.The Tigers have the latest bragging rights, winning the 2018-19 national title with a 44-16 blowout of the Tide. There’s still a lot of football left to be played this season, but there’s a good chance both teams once again make the CFP.As for now, all Clemson can control is what’s in front of them. As long as the Tigers keep winning, the rankings will sort itself out. Clemson and Alabama lines face off during national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Most national analysts feel Clemson has played below its standard so far this season. As a result, the Tigers have seen their AP Top 25 ranking drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in a matter of weeks.Clemson still hasn’t lost a game this season. But a a close win over North Carolina and sub-par performance vs. Louisville was rather uninspiring. And the Tigers paid the price for several lackluster performances.Alabama is still No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll but there was a shake-up in the Top 5 as Ohio State jumped Clemson to move to No. 3.See the full poll: AP college football:— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 21, 2019Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott thinks the team’s drop in the rankings is unwarranted. But rather than just pointing out the Tigers’ success, Scott called out Alabama.last_img read more

No. 24 Fresno State outlasts No. 19 Boise State in snow

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Share: Fresno State (11-2, No. 25 CFP), which was 1-11 two years ago before Jeff Tedford arrived to right the ship, has completed its return to college football relevance and seems poised to challenge Boise State for conference supremacy in the near future.Boise State (10-3, No. 22 CFP) was victimized again on a big stage by its special teams, missing a 42-yard field goal and having an extra point blocked late in the fourth quarter that sent the game to overtime.Rivers’ game-winning touchdown set off a wild celebration with Fresno State players sliding across the snow-covered field and making snow angels. And after losing all nine games the Bulldogs had previously played on the Broncos signature blue turf, the celebration was a long-awaited one.Tedford shook his head when asked about finally leading Fresno State to a win on the blue turf. Fresno State wide receiver Derrion Grim (7) is tripped up by Boise State linebacker Tyson Maeva (58) after a reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Mountain West championship Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Steve Conner) Photo Gallery McMaryion was 20 of 32 for 170 yards and one touchdown, and Rivers led the Bulldogs on the ground with 63 yards. Mattison rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries for the Boise State. Rypien threw for 125 yards, completing 15 of 31 passes with one touchdown.Boise State’s last overtime game at home was a 69-67 victory over Nevada on Oct. 14, 2007.POLL IMPLICATIONSFresno State: The Bulldogs won’t move up much but could gain a spot or two after a few teams ahead of them lost this weekend.Boise State: The Broncos aren’t likely to remain in the polls, but should have a chance to finish ranked with a win in their bowl game. UP NEXTFresno State: With UCF’s victory likely securing the Group of 5’s spot in the New Year’s Six bowls, the Bulldogs will head to the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 15 for a matchup with a Pac-12 team.Boise State: The Broncos will find out the location and foe for their bowl game Sunday afternoon following the Bowl Selection Committee pairings announcement. An opportunistic Fresno State struck first, turning Brett Rypien’s fumble into a touchdown when Marcus McMaryion hit Michiah Quick on a 15-yard strike,Rypien atoned for his mistake by driving Boise State and hitting Sean Modster on a 10-yard scoring play to tie it.The Bulldogs cobbled together a 13-7 lead on Asa Fuller’s field goals in the second and third quarters.With 8:01 left, Boise State’s Alexander Mattison ripped off a 34-yard run, muscling his way into the end zone with a defender draped on his back. However, Hoggarth’s extra point attempt was blocked by Matt Boetang, leaving it tied. Share: “It was hard sledding tonight running the football, but he just kept battling for yards and made that count in the end,” Tedford said of Rivers, who finished with 63 yards.Boise State’s seven-game winning streak ended, and both teams’ dreams of crashing the New Year’s Six bowl games died when UCF beat Memphis to complete a perfect season.“We’ve played (Fresno State) four times now and they’ve done a good job of getting themselves ready to play every time,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “Congratulations to Fresno. We just came up short. And the bottom line is that’s what it comes down to_and we didn’t do that tonight.”With the temperature in the 30s and a constant mix of snow and rain falling, the teams struggled to sustain anything offensively. “The blue turf thing again?” Tedford asked with a smirk. “I don’t know how many times I have to say it – and the field wasn’t even blue tonight, it was white – it doesn’t matter what color it is, you’re playing a good football team and a well-coached team.“Our players had another opportunity to come here and play a great football team and come away with the victory. It’s hard fought and rewarding.”When Tedford arrived at Fresno State — a program that built a national reputation on former coach Pat Hill’s mantra to play “anybody, anywhere, anytime” — the program was a shell of its former self.But one of the first recruits Tedford pursued was Rivers, whose father Ron Rivers starred at Fresno State in the early 1990s and played six seasons in the NFL, and Tedford coached there as an assistant. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. BOISE, Idaho — Ronnie Rivers didn’t find many open holes while running the ball for Fresno State in a snowy Mountain West championship game.And he didn’t have one on his final run Saturday night. But it didn’t matter.Rivers took an option pitch and shredded a tackler before scampering into the end zone to give No. 24 Fresno State a 19-16 overtime victory over No. 19 Boise State for the Bulldogs’ first conference title since 2013.His score came after Haden Hoggarth hit a 23-yard field goal on Boise State’s opening possession of overtime. 2 Photos Subscribe Today No. 24 Fresno State outlasts No. 19 Boise State in snow Bulldogs win first Mountain West title since 2013 Published: December 1, 2018, 9:23pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: By JASON CHATRAW, Associated Press GOlast_img read more