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AP Top 25 Podcast: Clemson’s problems; Previewing Week 5

September 30, 2021 GMT
North Carolina State's Jaylon Scott (2) and Savion Jackson (90) tackle Clemson's Will Shipley (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
North Carolina State's Jaylon Scott (2) and Savion Jackson (90) tackle Clemson's Will Shipley (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
North Carolina State's Jaylon Scott (2) and Savion Jackson (90) tackle Clemson's Will Shipley (1) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Clemson has already lost twice and currently ranks between North Texas and Akron in the nation in offensive yards per play.

What’s wrong with the Tigers?

On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, David Hale of ESPN joins AP’s Ralph Russo to dissect the problems with Clemson.

The Tigers have struggled mightily to replace stars Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. The new five-star quarterback looks lost. The offensive line can’t get any push, the receivers have not developed and there is a little depth at running back.

Is this a system failure for Dabo Swinney when it comes to talent identification and development? Or is this just a glitch in a program that would look more normal if Clemson wasn’t being compared to Alabama’s unprecedented dynasty.

Plus, a Week 5 preview of the most intriguing games from Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest to No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama.

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