CLEMSON – After a wild weekend of college football results that saw championship contenders take a dive, Clemson stayed pat in the national polls after its Thursday game devoid of a shocker.
The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) remained No. 11 in the Associated Press rankings, and dropped one spot to No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches poll. A narrow 20-17 victory at Louisville (0-3) did not impress voters enough to raise the Tigers, who were leapfrogged by SEC teams like LSU, who defeated Auburn, and Ole Miss, who prevailed at Alabama.
Clemson is idle this coming Saturday, meaning it needs help elsewhere to crack the AP top ten leading into its ballyhooed showdown with new No. 6 Notre Dame on Oct. 3. The Tigers’ best hope to do that will be No. 9 UCLA losing at No. 16 Arizona (and the Wildcats not leaping Clemson), or some other significant upset on the gridiron this Saturday.
As far as the current AP poll: hello, Big Ten. Ohio State remains atop the rankings, while Michigan State has moved into the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes host the Spartans on Nov. 21.
TCU and Ole Miss are tied for No. 3 in the AP poll, after the Rebels’ win at previous No. 2 Alabama. TCU destroyed Ole Miss 42-3 in the 2014 Peach Bowl.
Baylor rounds out the top 5. No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 LSU and No. 10 Florida State round out the top 10.
Alabama fell to No. 12, while Auburn, the preseason No. 6, is all the way out of the poll. Southern Cal, the preseason No. 8, is now No. 19 after losing at home to Stanford.
There are now only six SEC teams ranked, two weeks after there were 10 in the top 25. The ACC has No. 20 Georgia Tech as its third ranked team.