Clemson, Iowa State out of race; Oklahoma a mirage:

North Carolina leads this week’s Misery Index after a 45-22 loss to Georgia Tech. Here are the others that made the index, a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched.


Clemson: If they’re being honest, Clemson fans should have seen this coming. As much as the Tigers had implanted themselves in the College Football Playoff field for six straight seasons, nothing lasts forever if you don’t evolve and your talent level dips. This version of Clemson doesn’t have a generational quarterback, doesn’t have a good offensive line and doesn’t have one of the best running backs in ACC history anymore. Add it up, and you’ve got a team that is now 2-2 after a thoroughly deserved 27-21 double-overtime loss to NC State.

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