GWINN DAVIS MEDIA

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney rallies his team.The Clemson Tigers faced the Syracuse Orange at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, Saturday, September 29, 2018. Gwinn Davis / Special to The Post and Courier

CLEMSON — This time a year ago, Clemson's football team entered its bye week on the heels of a stunning loss at Syracuse that bumped the Tigers out of the top four and into the No. 7 spot 

At the time, it was the biggest upset of the college football season. Then, Clemson had to wait two weeks to redeem itself. 

A year later, the Tigers are right where they want to be: still in the top 4 with an undefeated record exactly halfway through the regular season. 

Sunday's Week 7 AP Poll confirmed that. 

The poll, released Sunday at 2 p.m., still had Clemson in the No. 4 slot behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia and No. 3 Ohio State. A week after I ranked Clemson at No. 5 behind Notre Dame at No. 4, I flipped the two teams back this week given Clemson's 63-3 blowout win at Wake Forest. Whereas Notre Dame beat the Demon Deacons by 29 points earlier this season, Clemson did it by 60, and that simply couldn't be ignored. 

For so many weeks, the Tigers have looked solid but not completely elite with mental miscues and sloppy errors running their course. But Saturday, they put together a complete game on both sides of the ball and for that, I couldn't justify leaving them out of the top 4. 

In terms of the overall poll, Florida continues to be on the move under Dan Mullen, who is proving he can hang with almost anyone in the SEC as the Gators' new coach. A week after he beat his old team on the road, Mississippi State, he led his Gators to a marquee win at home against LSU, a team that was ranked No. 5 Saturday. I moved the Gators up from No. 22 to No. 16 on my ballot, while the poll as a unit had them at No. 14. LSU is now ranked No. 13. I had the SEC Tigers one spot behind Florida. 

Texas also continues to turn heads as the Longhorns got their biggest win of the season against Oklahoma on Saturday. For that, the Longhorns are ranked No. 9, which is exactly where I had them. Last, but not least, Texas A&M is back in the mix at No. 22 after an emotional win against Kentucky. I've been impressed with the Aggies ever since I saw the way they played Clemson in Week 2. Jimbo Fisher knows what he's doing. 

Below is the poll in its entirety, as well as a look at how I voted. 

The AP Top 25 

1. Alabama 

2. Georgia 

3. Ohio State 

4. Clemson 

5. Notre Dame 

6. West Virginia 

7. Washington 

8. Penn State 

9. Texas 

10. UCF 

11. Oklahoma 

12. Michigan 

13. LSU 

14. Florida 

15. Wisconsin 

16. Miami 

17. Oregon 

18. Kentucky 

19. Colorado 

20. N.C. State 

21. Auburn 

22. Texas A&M 

23. South Florida 

24. Mississippi State 

25. Cincinnati 

The AP Top 25 as voted on by Post and Courier Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor 

1. Alabama 

2. Georgia 

3. Ohio State 

4. Clemson 

5. Notre Dame 

6. West Virginia 

7. Washington 

8. Penn State 

9. Texas 

10. UCF 

11. Michigan 

12. Oklahoma 

13. Wisconsin 

14. Miami 

15. Oregon 

16. Florida 

17. LSU 

18. Kentucky 

19. Colorado 

20. N.C. State 

21. Auburn 

22. Texas A&M 

23. South Florida 

24. Iowa 

25. San Diego State

Follow Grace Raynor on Twitter @gmraynor

Grace is the Post and Courier's Clemson reporter. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism.