I would guess most Bama fans have pulled a bit for Clemson over the last couple of years considering who their head coach is and because they’ve played Auburn a couple of times.
It’s also no secret they’ve underwhelmed the college football world as well.
One of my favorite new blogs, Atlantic Coast Convos, takes a look a the Clemson situation from the perspective of a CU fan. This paragraph pretty well sums it up:
If Clemson had a record like Auburn’s over the last two decades, both sets of Tigers could be spoken of at the same level. So while Clemson might deserve more respect than it gets, the solution is simple. Elite programs don’t go twenty years without a conference title, and they don’t give up 70 points in their bowl game. If Clemson wants to be considered an elite program, it has to play like one. The future looks brighter for Clemson than it has for some time, and maybe in this decade the Tigers will regain the place they held during the 1980s.
In my opinion, Dabo Swinney has a ton of pressure on him this year. Will he be able to wear 70 points better than Fran? Can he save the league by winning some games and helping to build back some credibility for the ACC? It’ll be interesting to watch this unfold this year.