The Tigers dropped to No. 9 in this week's rankings, as their 2-1 start to the 2021 season has underwhelmed and lacked energy. During Monday's edition of The Zach Gelb Show, Zach discussed Clemson's national title hopes, and his frustrations with head coach Dabo Swinney.
"This Clemson offense is bad, and there's no creativity," Gelb said. "And Dabo, by the way... I know we've all praised Dabo Swinney, but he's got to stop with the whining. And he's got to stop with the antics on the sideline. You were fine being the bully. You were fine being the top dog for a little bit. Now you're facing adversity, and Dabo Swinney, I don't like how he's responded so far...
"To think you were going to easily replace Trevor Lawrence and it'd be no problem and you'd be great, you're getting what you deserve. Even though that confidence led to the rise of Clemson, right now, you're seeing Dabo's arrogance -- going back to last year and heading into this year -- show that this team just isn't what we thought they were... Dabo may have to change his approach a little bit, and I don't know if he's willing to change."
Clemson survived a devastating scare on Saturday, defeating Georgia Tech, 14-8, in Death Valley. Their offense, led by Heisman candidate D.J. Uiagalelei, was poor, as they amassed 284 yards and struggled to generate momentum. The Tigers' defense ultimately saved the day, stuffing Georgia Tech on a goal-line stand in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. Clemson entered the game as 27.5-point favorites.
The Tigers will visit conference opponent North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh. According to the William Hill Sportsbook, Clemson currently has the best odds (-500) to win the ACC title and the third-best odds (+1000) to win the national championship.
Gelb's complete thoughts on Swinney and Clemson can be accessed in the audio player above.