CLEMSON -- Dabo Swinney preempted any questions Sunday about Clemson's poll standings, saying there is still a lot of football to play.
The Clemson football coach said he is not "wasting time" thinking about his team's No. 5 position in the BCS standings and No. 6 ranking in The Associated Press, Harris and coaches polls.
Still, Swinney acknowledged he watched some late-night football Saturday, witnessing two teams ranked ahead of Clemson -- Oklahoma and Wisconsin -- lose on national television. Those losses allowed Clemson to move up two positions in the BCS, placing Clemson in the thick of the national title hunt with four regular season games remaining.
Clemson (8-0, 5-0 in the ACC) faces one of its most difficult remaining tests when it plays Saturday (8 p.m., WCIV-TV/ABC) at Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2).
"(The standings) don't matter if we don't take care of business," Swinney said. "All of our focus is on Georgia Tech and trying to find a way to get to 9-0. I don't allow myself to waste any brain power on that type of stuff. If in two or three weeks from now we have taken care of business, then we can start to look at that."
Clemson trails only fellow unbeatens LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Boise State in the BCS.
Clemson ranks a place higher in the BCS than its poll rankings in large part due to computer rankings, where Clemson ranks fourth. Clemson ranks third in Ken Massey's computer rankings and fourth in Jeff Sagarin's rankings, two of six computer rankings used in the BCS formula.
Clemson received help Saturday from Texas Tech (which upset Oklahoma) and Michigan State (which beat Wisconsin), and if Clemson can remain unbeaten it can expect to move up several more slots. Alabama and LSU face each other Nov. 5; Oklahoma State still has to play Oklahoma (Dec. 3); and Stanford has difficult games remaining against Southern Cal (Saturday), Oregon (Nov. 12) and Notre Dame (Nov. 26).
Moreover, Boise State's weak schedule could allow Clemson to jump ahead in the BCS standings.
ESPN analyst Brad Edwards believes Stanford (No. 6 in BCS) would jump Clemson if both programs remain unbeaten.
The potential is there for Clemson to end up in a logjam with three or more undefeated teams at season's end.
"I would be in favor for the system we have, making the bowls be done by Jan. 2, and having one more game," Swinney said. "To me, that really gives you the best of both worlds because you are usually not arguing about eight teams. There are usually three or four teams when you get to the end that have a case."
Kourtnei Brown, who scored two touchdowns, was named the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week … WR Joe Craig will return for the Georgia Tech game after serving a one-game suspension against North Carolina for a violation of team rules. Swinney said it was a "maturity" issue … Swinney said he was pleased a number of reserves were able to play in the fourth quarter against UNC. "Hopefully that will (have) our guys fresher for a physical game against Georgia Tech," Swinney said.
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