No. 5 FSU at No. 3 Clemson is highest combined AP ranking game in S.C. state history

No. 5 Florida State visits No. 3 Clemson on Saturday night

It’s official. Clemson dodged a Boston College upset, the new Associated Press rankings are out and No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson on Saturday night at Death Valley is the highest combined AP ranking for any college football game ever played in South Carolina.

It’s also the second-highest combined ranking matchup for any game involving a Palmetto State team, exceeded only by No. 1 Clemson’s 1982 Orange Bowl victory over No. 4 Nebraska.

The lists:

Highest combined Associated Press rankings for college football games played in South Carolina:

1. Saturday night: No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson

2. 2012: No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7

3. (tie) 1988: No. 10 Florida State 24, No. 3 Clemson 21

3. (tie) 2013: No. 8 Clemson 38, No. 5 Georgia 35

Highest combined AP rankings for any college football games played by South Carolina or Clemson:

1. 1982: No. 1 Clemson 22, No. 4 Nebraska 15 (Orange Bowl)

2. Saturday night: No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson

3. (tie) 1981: No. 2 Clemson 10, No. 8 North Carolina 8 (at Chapel Hill)

3. (tie) 1987: No. 2 Miami 20, No. 8 South Carolina 16 (at Miami)

5. 2012: No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7 (at Columbia)

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