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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Clemson oh-so-close in BCS standings

By Heather Dinich

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This is like losing a game by a Hail Mary instead of by 20 points. Sometimes it hurts more to be close.

No. 5 Clemson is shopping for a national title this season, and the latest BCS standings have told the Tigers to “look but don’t touch.” With Wisconsin and Oklahoma both losing this past weekend, Clemson’s chances of playing for the national title became a much more realistic possibility. The Tigers needed help, and Michigan State and Texas Tech both gave it to them.

It’s still not enough.

“Obviously, Saturday helped the chances of there being a one-loss Big 12 champ, and it assured that the Big Ten champ will have a loss,” ESPN’s BCS guru, Brad Edwards told me earlier today. “That's all great for Clemson. If Oklahoma State and Stanford find a loss by Dec. 3, Clemson could have all the help it needs.”

Edwards later explained on ESPN’s BCS Countdown show that if No. 4 Boise State, No. 5 Clemson and No. 6 Stanford were all to finish undefeated, he thinks that the predicted order of finish in the BCS Standings would be Stanford, Clemson and Boise State.

None of it will matter, though, if Clemson loses to Georgia Tech in Atlanta this weekend.