On Monday morning, The Associated Press officially released the college football preseason Top 25 Poll. During an appearance on SportsCenter shortly thereafter, Paul Finebaum shared his thoughts on the poll. He's not the biggest fan of one team's placement.
Finebaum doesn't see how or why Clemson is the fourth-best team in all of college football right now. The Tigers had a very down season last year and their current quarterback situation doesn't provide much optimism 2022 will be much better.
We've reached the point where major college football programs like Clemson, Miami and USC will automatically find their ways into preseason polls, even if they might not deserve it based on the prior season.
“(The top four) is going to change very quickly… in the very first weekend of the season, Ohio State and Notre Dame,” said Finebaum, via Saturday Down South. “Somebody is going to be taking a pretty good fall. Other than that, this is as predictable as it gets and it’s now to the point that it doesn’t really matter what you did the previous year. If you’re Clemson or if you have a big name like Southern Cal, you’re going to be ranked high. Clemson had a bad year by their standards. They went 10-3 and didn’t make the playoffs, but they’re right back in contention this year. And I think all the arguments that there’s not enough teams in contention are being proven true by this fall.”
He's not wrong. Preseason polls are fun for the fans, but pretty much worthless. Clemson probably doesn't deserve to be the No. 4 team ahead of the 2022 season.
The good news is the AP Top 25 should see plenty of changes at the end of Week 1.