Top-5 Tigers down six top-30 teams in final CBS 130 rank


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Clemson finished with wins over nine teams that finished with winning records.
Clemson finished with wins over nine teams that finished with winning records.

CBS Sports released its final 130-team ranking of the 2017-18 college football season Thursday, which showcased just how tough a road Clemson faced to another Playoff run.

Central Florida’s undefeated season received a little more recognition in this particular ranking. UCF was voted No. 4, two spots ahead of its place in the AP and Coaches polls, which moved Clemson to No. 5 and Ohio State to No. 6.

The Golden Knights capped a 13-0 campaign with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. UCF finished sixth in ESPN’s strength of record metric and 10th in game control versus the 77th-best schedule.

Clemson made its third-straight Playoff appearance versus the toughest schedule of any top-10 team (3) and compiled the third-ranked strength of record. Ohio State faced the No. 32 strength of schedule with a No. 7 strength of record.

Dabo Swinney's Tigers finished with six wins over CBS top-30 teams and eight over top-40 teams. They owned victories over nine teams that finished with a winning record.

2017 FBS Opponent Final Rankings (CBS)
1. Alabama (13-1)
10. Auburn (10-4)
12. Miami (10-3)
23. Virginia Tech (9-4)
26. NC State (9-4)
27. Wake Forest (8-5)
28. South Carolina (9-4)
31. Louisville (8-5)
39. Boston College (7-6)
54. Florida State (7-6)
62. Georgia Tech (5-6)
83. Syracuse (4-8)
121. Kent State (2-10)

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