Clemson is struggling to gain respect despite boasting an 8-0 record and a trio of ranked wins already this season.

The Tigers are ranked fifth out of six undefeated teams in ESPN’s latest ranking of college football’s remaining undefeated squads. They’re behind Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan and Tennessee. Only TCU ranks behind Clemson on this list.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly questioned whether or not Clemson has enough “firepower” to compete with the top four teams. Here’s an excerpt of his analysis:

It’s a strange thing to ask about a team that has produced 12 first-round NFL draft picks since 2015 and boasts more blue-chippers on the depth chart than most. But among these six unbeatens, the Tigers have by far the least effective quarterback, plus a freshman No. 1 receiver and a defense that ranks both 60th in success rate allowed and 56th in explosive play rate allowed. While Shipley is absolutely dynamite (his 172 yards and two scores were the difference Saturday and won him my weekly Heisman honors), every team on this list has an excellent run game.

Clemson could have as many as five ranked wins on its résumé at the end of the regular season. No. 25 South Carolina is Clemson’s Week 13 opponent. No. 21 North Carolina is a heavy favorite to win the Coastal division title.

The Tigers also rank very highly in ESPN’s strength-of-record metric. Clemson is No. 2 in that stat, trailing only Tennessee.

Clemson is off this week but will face Notre Dame on the road in Week 10.