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With Texas and Oklahoma packing their bags for the SEC, ESPN’s David Pollack is of the opinion that the conference should send an additional moving van to another one of college football’s power programs. Pollack’s suggestion would see Clemson wave goodbye to the ACC and hello to the SEC.
— SEC Football News (@SECfootball) July 28, 2021
“…I don’t see how it doesn’t make the most sense for them to plug into the SEC…” Pollack said on ESPN’s College Football Live. “They’re right there in the south, they’re right there in the powerhouse, they’re recruiting just fine against everybody else. My God, it seems to make a lot of sense that the ACC or Clemson will join the SEC.”
Pollack, who was a standout at perennial SEC contender Georgia, can’t see Clemson sticking around much longer: “ACC, what do you do? Again, you’re not in a position of power. You don’t have a huge league that everybody’s looking to get a bunch of members of. So, I think that, again, Clemson — just like the Big 12. It was very much focused on what OU and Texas wanted,” said Pollack. “ACC, it’s like, ‘Clemson, please don’t leave me, bro. Like, stay as long as you can and then, maybe bring a spot for me if I need to.’ “
There’s certainly a strong case for the Tigers to align with the SEC. They’re located in the south, have one of the biggest names in all of college football, and would seemingly generate millions of dollars more by making the move.
But the grass (or field turf) isn’t always greener on the other side. The Tigers have dominated the ACC – one of college football’s power five conferences, to the point where they’ve made six straight trips to the playoffs. Sliding into the SEC would make the road to the playoffs considerably harder to navigate.
In a glimpse of things to (possibly) come, Clemson opens the season against Pollack’s alma mater, Georgia on September 4th.