Joe Paterno

Recent history says No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 ND should be wary

This is shaping up as a week of rest for many of the top playoff contenders.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 LSU have open dates this week as they prepare for their Nov. 3 showdown at Baton Rouge. No. 5 Michigan also is off before hosting No. 17 Penn State next week.

That leaves No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame as the only top-five teams playing this week. Clemson visits Florida State while Notre Dame faces Navy in San Diego.

Both should be on upset alert. Each of the last three weeks, a team ranked in the top five has lost. LSU was fifth when it fell to Florida on Oct. 6, Georgia was second before losing at LSU two weeks ago and Purdue upset a...