Clemson Reaches Highest Ranking Since 1988


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CLEMSON, SC -- Clemson continues its march up the rankings with No.
1 Florida State's loss at Miami and the Tigers escaping with a 34-27 victory
over North Carolina St at home.

The number-four ranking in the Coaches' Poll is Clemson’s best since September 12, 1988 when Clemson
was ranked third with a 2-0 record. Ironically, Bobby Bowden, the father of
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden, defeated that third-ranked Clemson team, 24-21,
in the famous “Puntrooskie Game” and knocked Clemson out of the top five.

Clemson is off to a 6-0 start, Clemson’s first 6-0 start since 1987. That year,
NC State ended Clemson’s opening streak with a 30-28 victory in Death Valley.
Clemson also started 6- 0 in 1900, 1928, 1929, 1930. Clemson was 11-0 in 1948
and 12-0 in 1981.

With Clemson's defeat of North Carolina State on Saturday it gave the Tigers
a 4-0 start in the ACC, its best league start since the 1983 season when the
Tigers were 7-0 against ACC teams for the entire season. Clemson was perfect
against ACC teams in 1982, 1981, 1967 and 1978.

USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll


Rank    Team          Record  Pts  Last  
1.  Nebraska (53)        5-0 1,468 1
2.  Virginia Tech (3)    4-0 1,370 3
3.  Kansas State (3)     6-0 1,358 4
4.  Clemson              6-0 1,252 5
5.  Ohio State           5-0 1,220 7
6.  Miami (Fla.)         4-1 1,205 8
7.  Florida State        5-1 1,068 2
8.  Oklahoma             5-0 1,062 12
9.  Florida              5-1 1,032 9
10. Washington           4-1   847 11
11. Texas Christian      5-0   830 14
12. Oregon               4-1   740 15
13. Georgia              4-1   679 19
14. Mississippi St       4-1   673 20
15. UCLA                 4-1   643 17
16. So Mississippi       4-1   638 18
17. Michigan             4-2   627 6
18. Northwestern         5-1   456 24
19. Auburn               5-1   375 13
20. Oregon St            4-1   211 23
21. Purdue               4-2   191 NR
22. Arizona              4-1   189 NR
23. Texas                3-2   155 10
24. South Carolina       5-1   124 NR
25. Mississippi          4-1   115 NR

Dropped out

No. 16 Southern California (3-2, lost to then-unranked Arizona 31-15); No. 21
Tennessee (2-3, lost to then-No. 19 Georgia 21-10); No. 22 Wisconsin (3-3, lost
to then-No. 7 Ohio State 23-7); No. 25 Michigan State (3-2, lost to Iowa 21-16).




Also receiving votes

Notre Dame 111; Arizona State 94; Colorado State 81; Southern California 80;
North Carolina State 60; Tennessee 29; Western Michigan 29; Arkansas 24; Minnesota
23; Iowa State 22; Pittsburgh 22; Texas Tech 20; Wisconsin 12; Michigan State
8; East Carolina 7; Louisville 7; Illinois 5; Virginia 4; Texas A&M 3; Air
Force 2; Georgia Tech 2; Alabama 1; West Virginia 1.


AP POLL


Miami jumps ahead of Clemson into the fourth position.


1. Nebraska (67) 5-0 1,771 2

2. Kansas St. (3) 6-0 1,640 4

3. Virginia Tech (1) 5-0 1,627 3

4. Miami 4-1 1,507 7

5. Clemson 6-0 1,491 5

6. Ohio St. 5-0 1,377 8

7. Florida St. 5-1 1,357 1

8. Oklahoma 5-0 1,336 10

9. Oregon 4-1 1,140 9

10. Florida 5-1 1,068 12

11. Washington 4-1 1,035 13

12. TCU 5-0 982 14

13. UCLA 4-1 862 16

14. Georgia 4-1 785 19

15. Mississippi St. 4-1 776 20

16. Southern Miss. 4-1 725 17

17. Northwestern 5-1 632 22

18. Michigan 4-2 614 6

19. Auburn 5-1 457 15

20. Notre Dame 3-2 322 25

21. Purdue 4-2 315 NR

22. Arizona 4-1 267 NR

23. Oregon St. 4-1 261 23

24. South Carolina 5-1 239 NR

25. Texas 3-2 124 11


Others receiving votes: N.C. State 112, Mississippi 92, Arizona St. 53, Southern Cal 34, W. Michigan 18, Colorado St. 15, Minnesota 10, Tennessee 10, Iowa St. 8, Pittsburgh 6, Memphis 2, Air Force 1, Alabama 1, LSU 1, Texas Tech 1, Wisconsin 1.

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