Clemson jumped in ESPN Power Rankings


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Clemson controlled the action early against SC State, but the college football landscape saw some changes Saturday.
Clemson controlled the action early against SC State, but the college football landscape saw some changes Saturday.

ESPN's Power Rankings judged college football after Week 2 and Clemson maintained its spot after reaching .500 on Saturday.

Clemson is No. 7 there despite a top-5 upset on the weekend slate, as Oregon surged to No. 3 after winning 35-28 at Ohio State, which dropped to No. 11.

Texas A&M dropped with a close win at Colorado where they trailed much of the game, and Iowa joined Oregon in the top-5 with an impressive 27-17 win at rival Iowa State.

The full top-6 ahead of Clemson is Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Oklahoma, Iowa and Cincinnati.

"The Tigers put FCS foe South Carolina State to bed before the end of the first quarter and cruised to an easy 49-3 win," ESPN's Kyle Bonagura wrote. "Considering the significant talent gap, the game served as more of an offensive tuneup for Clemson, which was held without a touchdown in its 10-3 loss to Georgia in the opener. Through two games, Clemson has yet to allow an offensive touchdown."

ESPN's Playoff picks remained unchanged on the Clemson front as well, with just one picking the Tigers to make the football final four with a consensus top-4 of Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and Oklahoma.

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