AP Poll: Clemson moves to No. 4; Washington enters at No. 20
Clemson climbed its way into the top five of Week 2′s AP Poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Tigers’ 38-35 victory over then-No. 5 Georgia catapulted Dabo Swinney’s program up to No. 4 in the AP Poll. The ranking is Clemson’s highest since 1988, when the program reached No. 3.
Alabama held on to the top spot after a 35-10 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Oregon, which battered Nicholls State 66-3, jumped Ohio State to grab the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes dropped to No. 3 after handling Buffalo 40-20, while Stanford fell from No. 4 to No. 5 after an open week.
The entire Week 2 AP Poll is below (first-place votes inside the parentheses):
1) Alabama (58)
3) Ohio State (1)
4) Clemson (1)
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M
10) Florida State
13) Oklahoma State
14) Notre Dame
A few notes:
• Clemson not only moved into the top five with Saturday’s victory, it also received a single first-place vote as a result. Alabama received 58 of the 60 first-place votes for the second straight week with Ohio State garnering the other top nod.
• Meanwhile, Georgia fell all the way out of the top 10 after the Clemson loss, dropping to No. 11. That seems like quite the penalty for a three-point loss on the road to a fellow top-10 team in what was the weekend’s most hyped matchup. Things don’t get easier for the Dawgs, either: They welcome No. 6 South Carolina to Athens this weekend.
• Oregon jumped Ohio State by a mere 25 points for the No. 2 place in the poll, but the Ducks manhandled a severely overmatched FCS team, Nicholls State, to do so. It’s interesting the Buckeyes’ 10-point win over an FBS team — even if it was Buffalo — wasn’t enough to prevent the Ducks from overtaking them in the poll.
• One of the more surprising outcomes of the opening weekend was Washington’s 38-6 drubbing of then-No. 16 Boise State in Seattle, and the blowout paid dividends for the Huskies in the AP poll. Steve Sarkisian’s program launched from 34th all the way to No. 20 in Week 2. Washington is now the fourth highest-ranked team in the Pac-12 behind Oregon, Stanford and No. 18 UCLA.
• Boise State, thought by many to be returning to contention as a BCS-buster out of the Mountain West, dropped out of the Top 25 after its performance against Washington.
• Nebraska slipped four spots to No. 22 after barely surviving a visit from Wyoming, 37-34, over the weekend.
• TCU remained in the Top 25 despite its 37-27 loss to then-No. 12 LSU in Arlington, Tex. The Horned Frogs fell from 20th to No. 24, while the Tigers snuck into the top 10, landing at No. 9. You might not like the sound of that if you’re a Georgia fan. TCU’s 10-point loss to a top-15 team at a neutral site (only a half-hour from campus) only cost it four spots in the poll, while the Dawgs dropped six spots after a three-point loss to a top-10 team on the road.
• Things shook out a little differently in the latest USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which was also unveiled Tuesday. Ohio State retained the No. 2 ranking behind Alabama with Oregon sitting at No. 3. Georgia dropped even more severely in the coaches’ eyes, falling from No. 5 to No. 12. USC’s struggles against Hawaii didn’t deter coaches’ votes, as the Trojans jumped to No. 22 from No. 24, and Miami finally cracked the coaches’ rankings, sharing the No. 24 spot with TCU.