Tigers Reach Top Three in One Poll


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CLEMSON -- Clemson moves up another slot to third in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll after defeating Maryland and with previous No. 3 Kansas State losing to Oklahoma. Clemson's third ranking is Clemson's highest ranking
since September of 1988 when Clemson was third heading into the Florida State game in Death Valley. That was the famous
“Puntrooskie Game” when Bobby Bowden defeated Danny Ford’s Tigers. It took another Bowden to get Clemson back to
the top five in the nation.


The last time Clemson was ranked in the top five in the
nation this late in the season was 1981. Clemson was ranked
number-one in the final regular season poll and the final poll that
year.


Clemson's victory over Maryland was its first 7-0 start since the 1981 National
Championship season. Clemson has been 7-0 just twice previously in 1948 and 1981,
Clemson’s two undefeated teams
since 1900. The Tigers were 6-0 in 1900, but that was it for the season as far as games played.


USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES' POLL


 1. Nebraska (57)     6-0 1,473 1
 2. Virginia Tech (1) 6-0 1,412 2
 3. Clemson           7-0 1,308 4
 4. Oklahoma (1)      6-0 1,276 8
 5. Miami (Fla.)      4-1 1,262 6
 6. Florida State     6-1 1,166 7
 7. Florida           6-1 1,116 9
 8. Kansas State      6-1 943   3
 9. Washington        5-1 934  10
 10. Texas Christian  5-0 897  11
 11. Oregon           5-1 894  12
 12. Georgia          5-1 794  13
 13. Ohio State       5-1 790  5
 14. Mississippi St   4-1 731  14
 15. Southern Miss    5-1 713  16
 16. Michigan         5-2 621  17
 17. Purdue           5-2 434  21
 18. Oregon State     5-1 433  20
 19. South Carolina   6-1 362  24
 20. Arizona          5-1 346  22
 21. Texas            4-2 193  23
 22. Notre Dame       4-2 162  NR
 23. Minnesota        5-2 158  NR
 24. UCLA             4-2 145  15
 25. N Carolina St    5-1 130  NR

Dropped out

No. 18 Northwestern (5-2, lost to then-No. 21 Purdue 41-28); No. 19 Auburn (5-2,
lost to then-No. 9 Florida 38-7); No. 25 Mississippi (4-2, lost to Alabama 45-7).



Also receiving votes

Northwestern 99; Auburn 81; Colorado State 81; Iowa State 35; Western Michigan
33; Alabama 24; Mississippi 22; Arizona State 21; Tennessee 18; Air Force 11;
Louisville 10; Southern California 9; East Carolina 8; Georgia Tech 7; Toledo
7; Wisconsin 7; Illinois 3; Michigan State 2; Texas A&M 2; Virginia 2.


AP POLL


Record Pts Pvs

1. Nebraska (66) 6-0 1,770 1


2. Virginia Tech (1) 6-0 1,656 3


3. Oklahoma (4) 6-0 1,603 8


4. Miami 4-1 1,546 4


5. Clemson 7-0 1,523 5


6. Florida St. 6-1 1,439 7


7. Oregon 5-1 1,290 9


8. Florida 6-1 1,242 10


9. Washington 5-1 1,147 11


10. Kansas St. 6-1 1,118 2


11. TCU 5-0 1,042 12


12. Georgia 5-1 898 14


13. Mississippi St. 4-1 865 15


14. Ohio St. 5-1 854 6


15. Southern Miss. 5-1 845 16


16. Michigan 5-2 737 18


17. Purdue 5-2 586 21


18. South Carolina 6-1 517 24


19. Oregon St. 5-1 493 23


20. Notre Dame 4-2 458 20


21. Arizona 5-1 378 22


22. Minnesota 5-2 227 --


23. UCLA 4-2 210 13


24. N.C. State 5-1 183 --


25. Northwestern 5-2 146 17


Others receiving votes: Texas 134, Auburn 74, Colorado St. 25, Iowa St. 19, W. Michigan 16, Arizona St. 10, Tennessee 9, Alabama 5, Toledo 4, Air Force 2, Pittsburgh 2, Louisville 1, Wisconsin 1.

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