Clemson’s quarterback situation was highlighted in an ESPN list of the most important players in the College Football Playoff race.

Clemson was left with more questions to answer at the quarterback position after DJ Uiagalelei was benched in favor of Cade Klubnik in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. Clemson remained in contention for the Playoff with the 27-21 win over Syracuse.

ESPN college football writer Bill Connelly explained why Clemson needs to have consistent quarterback play to reach the Playoff. He rated the quarterback situation as the No. 1 most important “player” in contention for the Playoff.

Here’s Connelly’s analysis:

“If Uiagalelei suffers another poor stretch against solid Notre Dame and/or South Carolina defenses in the coming weeks, Swinney will be forced to think about benching him again, even if we have no confirmation that Klubnik will perform at a higher level.”

Uiagalelei threw 2 interceptions and fumbled the ball before being taken out of the game vs. Syracuse. Klubnik attempted just 4 passes but he did enough to win the game for Clemson.

In addition to the quarterbacks, Connelly also mentioned Clemson defensive tackle Tyler Davis as the No. 16 most important player on this list.

Clemson will be on a bye week in Week 9 and will return against Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 5.