Tigers Back in Polls


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CLEMSON -- Clemson returned to the AP and USA Today Coaches polls on September 17 after a week outside the top 25 after its win at ninth-ranked Florida State. Clemson is ranked 19th by Associated Press and 23rd by USA Today coaches according to the polls released on Sunday, September 17.


That was the second highest ranked team Clemson has defeated on the road in its history. The only win that is ranked higher is the 10-8 victory over eighth ranked North Carolina in 1981.


Clemson was 18th in both polls during the preseason this year and remained in that position after the season opening win against Florida Atlantic. Clemson dropped to 26th in the poll points in AP and 27th in USA Today after the overtime loss to Boston College.


The Tigers jumped from unranked to 19th by AP after the 27-20 win at ninth ranked Florida State on September 16. That was the biggest jump from being unranked to a spot in the polls since the 2001 season when unranked Clemson won at ninth ranked Georgia Tech 47-44 in overtime, then moved to 19th in the AP poll.


The four position disparity in the polls this week is the largest for a Clemson team since September 22, 1997. That week Clemson was 17th in AP and 21st in USA Today. The record for the biggest disparity in ranking for Clemson between the two polls is eight spots. On October 8, 1951 Clemson was 16th in AP, but 24th in the UPI poll. The UPI ranked 25 teams for a few weeks during that season for some unknown reason according to the ESPN Encyclopedia of college football.


Clemson has now been ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll for seven of the last eight polls. The Tigers finished 21st in the final poll of both AP and USA Today last year.


AP Top 25

RK TEAM 		REC PTS  LAST 
1 Ohio St.  (59)  	3-0 1617 1 
2 Auburn  (2)  		3-0 1507 3 
3 Southern Cal  (2)  	2-0 1494 4 
4 West Virginia  (2)  	3-0 1419 5 
5 Florida  		3-0 1350 7 
6 Michigan  		3-0 1297 11 
7 Texas  		2-1 1180 8 
8 Louisville  		3-0 1121 12 
9 Georgia  		3-0 1105 10 
10 LSU  		2-1 1085 6 
11 Virginia Tech  	3-0 931 14 
12 Notre Dame  		2-1 912 2 
13 Oregon  		3-0 833 18 
14 Iowa  		3-0 831 16 
15 Tennessee  		2-1 585 13 
16 TCU  		3-0 527 20 
17 Oklahoma  		2-1 510 15 
18 Florida St.  	2-1 466 9 
19 Clemson  		2-1 399 NR 
20 Arizona St.  	3-0 384 22 
20 Boston College  	3-0 384 23 
22 California  		2-1 383 21 
23 Nebraska  		2-1 162 19 
24 Penn St.  		2-1 143 25 
25 Boise St.  		3-0 110 NR 


Others receiving votes: Alabama 94, Miami 78, Rutgers 46, UCLA 40, Michigan St. 33, Wisconsin 29, Missouri 22, Georgia Tech 19, Texas Tech 16, Texas A&M 9, Arkansas 2, Purdue 2.


USA Today Top 25 Poll

RK TEAM 			REC PTS   LAST 
1. Ohio State (60) 		3-0 1,572 1 
2. Southern California (2)  	2-0 1,493 2 
3. Auburn (1)  			3-0 1,432 4 
4. West Virginia 		3-0 1,359 5 
5. Florida 			3-0 1,282 6 
6. Michigan 			3-0 1,181 13 
7. Georgia 			3-0 1,178 9 
8. Texas 			2-1 1,144 8 
9. Louisville 			3-0 1,106 12 
10. Virginia Tech 		3-0 964   14 
11. LSU 			2-1 911   7 
12. Oregon 			3-0 829   18 
13. Notre Dame 			2-1 814   3 
14. Iowa 			3-0 781   16 
15. TCU 			3-0 621   20 
16. Oklahoma 			2-1 508   11 
17. Florida State 		2-1 459   10 
18. Arizona State 		3-0 397   23 
19. Tennessee 			2-1 376   17 
20. California 			2-1 366   21 
21. Boston College 		3-0 348   25 
22. Alabama 			3-0 314   24 
23. Clemson 			2-1 283   NR 
24. Nebraska 			2-1 167   19 
25. Boise State 		3-0 139   NR 



Dropped out

No. 15 Miami (Fla.) (1-2, lost to then-No. 12 Louisville 31-7), No. 22 Texas Tech (2-1, lost to then-No. 20 TCU 12-3).


Others receiving votes

Penn State 138; Miami (Fla.) 81; UCLA 60; Rutgers 43; Texas Tech 38; Michigan State 37; Georgia Tech 14; Texas A&M 9; Wisconsin 9; Missouri 7; Purdue 5; Maryland 3; Washington 3; Arkansas 2; Southern Mississippi 1; Texas-El Paso 1.

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