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Old 01-10-2019, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Alabama's "fanbase" has a sense of entitlement I don't think has ever been equaled in college football. They were sort of an irrelevant program throughout most of the 80s, 90s and 00s, which was dominated by the Florida teams and the Big Red Machine. But those fanbases did not come close to the level of obnoxiousness displayed by Bama fans, and that's really saying something.

I'll add that Clemson is a relatively easy team for the rest of America to get behind because they have a goofy, fun-loving coach and they've yet to establish a legion of insufferable fans who pollute message boards across the internet. They didn't even have a team thread on this subforum until the evening of the championship game. I've met about 2 Clemson fans in the flesh since 2015, but they seem to be pretty level-headed about the success of their program unlike the "ROW TIIIIIE" crowd.

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Old 01-10-2019, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I don't think any Clemson fan has ever said there is no chance Dabo might go to Alabama if offered the job.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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Labonte18, just food for thought: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/...season#slide10
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Some of the rankings don't make any sense. Texas beat Georgia. How do they end up ranked lower?
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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Alabama's "fanbase" has a sense of entitlement I don't think has ever been equaled in college football. They were sort of an irrelevant program throughout most of the 80s, 90s and 00s, which was dominated by the Florida teams and the Big Red Machine. But those fanbases did not come close to the level of obnoxiousness displayed by Bama fans, and that's really saying something.

I'll add that Clemson is a relatively easy team for the rest of America to get behind because they have a goofy, fun-loving coach and they've yet to establish a legion of insufferable fans who pollute message boards across the internet. They didn't even have a team thread on this subforum until the evening of the championship game. I've met about 2 Clemson fans in the flesh since 2015, but they seem to be pretty level-headed about the success of their program unlike the "ROW TIIIIIE" crowd.
Clemson is about as close to a Rudy type story as there can be in college football.

Alabama has twice as much money and 25 or so other programs have more money.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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Clemson is about as close to a Rudy type story as there can be in college football.

Alabama has twice as much money and 25 or so other programs have more money.
I will say that their locker room looks a lot of fun. College sports has a way of draining all of the fun out of the game (as a player), so it's refreshing to see a locker room that looks more like a HS locker room than the typical NFL locker room. It's not much different from having a good work culture, honestly. Would you rather have a boss who cheers you on and encourages you to "get back out there" after a mistake or a boss who holds every little mistake over your head and constantly lets you know there's someone else out there willing to take your job? A lot of college sports programs are like the latter.

Last year, Clemson had 4 guys who deferred the draft to play out their senior year. I doubt we'll ever see that at Alabama. Bama is only a means to an end.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:30 AM
 
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Some of the rankings don't make any sense. Texas beat Georgia. How do they end up ranked lower?
Huh? It's conference rankings.

But I'd guess it's a body of work thing. Especially the Maryland loss for Texas. It's hard to get past that stinker.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:33 AM
 
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Huh? It's conference rankings.

But I'd guess it's a body of work thing. Especially the Maryland loss for Texas. It's hard to get past that stinker.
And the conference rankings are based on the polls. But the polls to some extent are non-sensical. It makes no sense for Georgia to be ranked higher than a team that beat them in a bowl game.

The best barometer for relative conference strength, IMO, are the on-field head-to-head results between conferences. A ranking is merely an opinion. An actual game with a real result is not.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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And the conference rankings are based on the polls. But the polls to some extent are non-sensical. It makes no sense for Georgia to be ranked higher than a team that beat them in a bowl game.

The best barometer for relative conference strength, IMO, are the on-field head-to-head results between conferences. A ranking is merely an opinion. An actual game with a real result is not.
Well, you're just going to have to get over that. College football isn't changing it's metrics for anyone.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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Well, you're just going to have to get over that. College football isn't changing it's metrics for anyone.
I never said they had to discard polling. I'm saying that it doesn't always make sense to point to polling to say which conference is stronger since polling is mostly arbitrary. We're basically talking about press writers making guesses about which teams are the best. In bowl games, we get to put those assumptions to the test. I will take a real-world result over a guess any day.
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