Tigers Return To Top 20 in AP Poll


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CLEMSON -- After a comeback 28-24 win at Maryland, Clemson is ranked 20th in the latest AP college football poll. This is Clemson's first appearance in the AP top 20 since September 7, 2004 when the Tigers were ranked 20th. The Tigers were 15th in the AP preseason poll last year, then dropped to 20th after an overtime victory against Wake Forest. The next week Clemson lost to Georgia Tech 28-24 and dropped out of the top 25 for the rest of the season.


This week's ranking is the 32nd top 25 weekly ranking since Tommy Bowden became Clemson's head coach in 1999. That includes 17 consecutive rankings during the 2000 season. That included a high ranking of number five in the AP poll for four consecutive weeks in October when the Tigers started 8-0. Clemson has been ranked in the final top 25 twice under Bowden, a #16 ranking in 2000 and a #22 ranking in 2003.


AP Poll

1. Southern Cal (56) 1-0 1,592 1
2. Texas (8)         2-0 1,538 2
3. LSU               1-0 1,404 5
4. Virginia Tech     2-0 1,345 7
5. Tennessee         1-0 1,297 6
6. Florida           2-0 1,242 10
7. Georgia           2-0 1,181 9
8. Florida St.       2-0 1,138 11
9. Ohio St.          1-1 1,100 4
10. Notre Dame       2-0 1,036 20
11. Louisville       1-0 941   12
12. Purdue           1-0 837   13
13. Miami            0-1 754   14
14. Michigan         1-1 740   3
15. California       2-0 634   16
16. Georgia Tech     2-0 575   17
17. Boston College   2-0 483   19
18. Arizona St.      1-1 373   15
19. Texas Tech       1-0 324   21
20. Clemson          2-0 316   25
21. Oklahoma         1-1 267   18
22. Iowa             1-1 252   8
23. Fresno St.       1-0 225   24
24. Iowa St.         2-0 223   _
25. Virginia         1-0 205   23


Others receiving votes: Alabama 137, Oregon 115, Utah 113, Wisconsin 88, Auburn 87, Colorado 62, Minnesota 41, Texas A and M 35, UCLA 24, Michigan St. 16, Penn St. 16, TCU 14, N.C. State 7, UTEP 7, Oregon


USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. Southern California (59) 	1-0 1,547 1 
2. Texas (3)  			2-0 1,480 2 
3. LSU 				1-0 1,336 5 
4T. Tennessee  			1-0 1,311 4 
4T. Virginia Tech 		2-0 1,311 6 
6. Georgia 			2-0 1,202 9 
7. Florida 			2-0 1,173 10 
8. Florida State 		2-0 1,120 11 
9. Ohio State 			1-1 905 7 
10. Louisville 			1-0 872 12 
11. Purdue 			1-0 849 13 
12. Notre Dame 			2-0 781 23 
13. Miami (Fla.) 		0-1 757 14 
14. Michigan  			1-1 696 3 
15. California 			2-0 601 17 
16. Boston College		2-0 527 18 
17. Oklahoma 			1-1 508 16 
18. Georgia Tech 		2-0 502 21 
19. Texas Tech	 		1-0 425 19 
20. Virginia 			1-0 311 20 
21. Iowa 			1-1 286 8 
22. Arizona State 		1-1 285 15 
23. Clemson 			2-0 223 NR 
24. Alabama 			2-0 213 22 
25. Fresno State 		1-0 171 24 


Dropped out

No. 25 Auburn (1-1, beat Mississippi State 28-0).


Others receiving votes

Wisconsin 137; Minnesota 115; Oregon 103; Auburn 94; UCLA 54; Utah 54; Iowa State 50; Penn State 49; Colorado 30; Texas-El Paso 14; West Virginia 11; North Carolina State 8; TCU 7; Bowling Green 6; Texas A&M 6; Toledo 6; Michigan State 5; Air Force 3; New Mexico 2; Oregon State 2; Northwestern 1; South Carolina 1.

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