Clemson slides down in ESPN rankings


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Clemson has plenty of issues to work on over its ACC slate.
Clemson has plenty of issues to work on over its ACC slate.

Clemson dropped three spots in the latest ESPN power rankings to the edge of the top-10, at No. 10.

"It took much longer than expected, because of a nearly two-hour weather delay and the simple fact that this wasn't supposed to be much of a game at all," ESPN's Bill Connelly said, "but Clemson eventually survived a stiff, frustrating test from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets actually outgained the Tigers 309-285 and held an already spotty Clemson offense to just 4.3 yards per play. But the Clemson defense made a late goal-line stand -- James Skalski stuffed a shuffle pass to Dylan Deveney on fourth-and-goal -- and made one final stop following a safety.

"This could have been a disaster in about 17 different ways, but Clemson held on in the least impressive possible fashion."

Alabama stayed atop the rankings after edging Florida on the road, 31-29. The top-5 is filled out by Georgia, Iowa, Oregon and Penn State.

The next-best team from the ACC is UNC, at No. 20.

After the less-than-convincing weekend, Clemson did not register a Playoff prediction among ESPN's panel.

In the ESPN FPI, Clemson fell one spot to No. 5

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