I'm about to get roasted on here as I normally don't post on this Auburn board. I just read. My posting style is pointed and I pull no punches. However, I don't resort to name calling just facts in my posts. Some don't like that but this does need to be pointed out to my fellow Auburn fans. Let me repeat I am not a sunshine pumper at all. I'll call a spade a spade. Having said that, there is no excuse for Auburn to be losing to this team. None. I could care less what Vegas says or what Clemson did last year. Auburn is the more experienced team and the more talented team and we're playing at home.
Rivals Recruiting team rankings since 2012 which is the relevant time frame for this year's team(to include any possible 5th year seniors)
2012-Auburn 10 Clemson 14
2013-Auburn 9 Clemson 14
2014-Auburn 9 Clemson 13
2015-Auburn 7 Clemson 4
2016-Auburn 9 Clemson 6
Averaged recruiting ranking for 5 year span(5 year span chosen due to possible 5th year seniors on team for either team with 2016 class not being as important yet due to most being true frosh but counted anyways)- Auburn 8.8 Clemson 10.2
So according to Rivals during the last 5 relevant years as it pertains to recruiting, this year's team Auburn has slightly out-recruited Clemson by a little under two spots. For all intents and purposes Auburn and Clemson are even in terms of talent according to Rivals. Where did people get the idea that Clemson has out-recruited Auburn? They haven't! We have equal or better talent. And there is ZERO excuse for Auburn to lose to this team AT HOME. If we do lose this game, it's on coaching... period. The talent to beat these guys is there. If it's not getting done the coaches are responsible for not coaching our guys up. There is no excuse for losing to this team at home regardless of what they did last year in playing for the championship.
How about another recruiting service?
Scout recruiting rankings
2012-Auburn 8 Clemson 17
2013-Auburn 13 Clemson 12
2014-Auburn 8 Clemson 28
2015-Auburn 3 Clemson 15
2016-Auburn 9 Clemson 15
Average over 5 year span - Auburn 8.2 Clemson 17.4
Scout puts Auburn more in front of Clemson on the talent scale than even Rivals did.
That's two recruiting services. So, just in case you think the normal recruiting services are junk or bogus, I'll throw in one that isn't based on hype just offers from schools. That way bias is lessened in case you don't like normal recruiting services giving bumps/drops etc. The name of the site is http://www.rankbyoffers.com
They don't go back to 2012 so we'll start with 2013.
2013- Auburn 9 Clemson 12
2014-Auburn 11 Clemson 23
2015- Auburn 1 Clemson 6
2016 - Auburn 8 Clemson 7
4 year average- Auburn 7.25 Clemson 12
That's three recruiting services. Two standard and one off the wall. All three give Auburn the edge in terms of talent.
Bottom line - I could care less what they did last year in the natty. Auburn has no excuse for losing to these guys on our home field come this fall. We are more talented, more experienced, and at home. If we do lose it's on the coaches not our players.