CLEMSON – Clemson is back near where it started, while South Carolina tumbled further in the Associated Press Poll.
Black Saturday in the Palmetto State saw the effects a day later, when the Tigers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) fell six spots to No. 9 in the writers’ rankings and the Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2 SEC) dropped nine rungs to No. 20.
Clemson was throttled 51-14 at home to Florida State, which took Clemson’s spot at No. 3 in the AP poll with a couple of first-place votes. Alabama and Oregon remained the top two in that order.
South Carolina lost 23-21 at Tennessee, which snapped a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Ohio State is still No. 4, and Missouri, which began the year without a single vote in the preseason top 25, is now No. 5 as the only SEC unbeaten besides the defending champion Crimson Tide. The fifth-ranked Tigers host USC this Saturday at 7 p.m.
No. 6 Baylor, No. 7 Miami, No. 8 Stanford and No. 10 Texas Tech round out the top 10, meaning the ACC still has three teams in the top 10, the most of any conference. No. 16 Virginia Tech rounds out the league’s top members.
The SEC’s elite were shaken up Sunday, with No. 11 Auburn soaring after winning at No. 14 Texas A&M a year after its 3-9 season. No. 13 LSU gives the SEC six ranked squads.
The BCS standings will be released tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.