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Clemson Fans Are Big Mad About Penn State’s First College Football Playoff Ranking

Penn State football appeared in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time when the Nittany Lions were announced as the No. 4 team in the first set of rankings of the year on Tuesday night.

Part of what propelled the Nittany Lions into the top four was reigning-national champion Clemson being left out at No. 5. Like Penn State, the Tigers, who have made the last four Playoffs, are also undefeated, but their best win is a win over then-No. 12 and now-unranked Texas A&M. The Tigers also barely pulled out a 21-20 win against UNC. Committee chair Rob Mullens praised the Nittany Lions’ strength of schedule as justification for their ranking.

“When you look at Penn State’s resume with wins over Michigan and Iowa, those are marquee wins. When you look across, Penn State has been very consistent,” he said shortly after the rankings were revealed.

Although more than a month remains before the Playoff field is set, Clemson fans were far from happy with the committee’s decision. And while we have no idea what the future holds for Penn State, for once, the Nittany Lions, victims of a snub of biblical proportions in 2016, were on the right side of the committee’s subjective, yet all-powerful decision-making.

Here’s the best Clemson loyalist reactions.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.


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