Posted September 03, 2013

AP Poll: Clemson moves to No. 4; Washington enters at No. 20

Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Polls, Washington Huskies
A 38-35 victory over Georgia has Clemson celebrating and inside the top 5 in the latest AP Poll.

A 38-35 win over Georgia has Clemson celebrating and inside the top 5 in the AP Poll. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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)
2) Oregon
3) Ohio State (1)
4) Clemson (1)
5) Stanford
6) South Carolina
7) Texas A&M
8) Louisville
9) LSU
10) Florida State
11) Georgia
12) Florida
13) Oklahoma State
14) Notre Dame
15) Texas
16) Oklahoma
17) Michigan
18) UCLA
19) Northwestern
20) Washington
21) Wisconsin
22) Nebraska
23) Baylor
24) TCU
25) USC

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.

26 comments
RipsNordic
RipsNordic

I clicked on this story to see everyone crying about they're teams ranking. The real ranking doesn't start til week 7.

RazorRex
RazorRex

Florida won easily and with multiple suspensions and injuries.  They dropped 2 places.  Ridiculous.

Suteki73
Suteki73

TCU only dropped four spots because they were the underdogs as #20 playing #12.  Georgia was the favorite as they were ranked #5 vs #8 Clemson.  You get beat by a lower ranking team, you drop more spots than if you lose to a team higher ranked than you.  It isn't rocket science!

rheffero
rheffero

LSU rewarded for beating a team it was ranked 11 places higher than, and favored, OK, I can stretch a bit to see that.

Washington gets rewarded for beating a team that was supposed to do something, we are not sure why they were going to do something, but we were told so. OK

Georgia falling that far....wait a minute. Really, A&M, Louisville and Ohio State would be favored against Georgia? Really,,,Ohio State would need to be favored by 10+ points to make sense with their gap.

Oregon and Ohio State get rewarded...no sense whatsever.

A&M gave up how many to RICE? 

Basically with their schedules offering only one real test, and 2 potential tests, Oregon, Ohio State and Bama can go on cruise control. 

 Polls are the biggest scam this side of Madoff, forget drug testing and paying recruits, polls are the biggest problem to College Football being able to crown a true champion.

joe6647
joe6647

Don't put out any rankings, not even preseason rankings, till every team has played 5 games minimum.


ND was unranked last year and made it to the title game

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

This is a perfect example of why college polls are terrible...  If you are going remove OSU from the 2 slot the only team that deserves 2 is Clemson who played a tough opening game..  Oregon running up the scoring on a garbage Nicholls St team should not mean anything... all it does is breeds lack of sportsmanship. If that is the case why didn't Louisville who destroyed a Ohio team jump A&M who gave up 31pts to Rice... No sense, more like NON sense !!!

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

OSU is lucky to even be in top 5 after not playing well against Buffalo.....and Bama didn't impress a lot either especially on offense.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Suteki73 Do you even understand what the betting odds are all about?  It seems not.   The oddsmakers are not picking winners.  Their only job is to try and get even money on both sides, so your complaint is a waste of your typing finger.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@aaronrodgersisnotamazing  A couple of yrs ago Alabama didn't with the SEC or play in the SEC championship game... and they were allowed to play in the national championship game, which they won of course...

JoelSmith
JoelSmith

@rheffero Sure must be nice getting so angry over things that REALLLY matter, like College Football polls in any week before 5 or 6, or what to have for breakfast in the morning. I bet you cry when Vegas only lists your teams odds to win next years Super Bowl at 236-1, too. Why don't we wait till championship week to worry about the Super Bowl, and wait until there are less than 70 undefeated teams left before we worry about polls, champ.

joe6647
joe6647

preseason and very early season rankings arent anything but guesswork

joe6647
joe6647

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler at the very least the ballots should be transparent.


You should be able to see each ballot's 1-25 ranking along with the name and school of the person who submitted it

Suteki73
Suteki73

@JoeCabot @Suteki73 Dude where is your rubber helmet?  Did I say Vegas had them favored?  No.  If you are ranked the number 5 team in the nation you are expected to beat the number 8 team in the nation.  If you can't, guess what? You're not the number 5 team in the nation. Number 12 is expected to beat the number 20 team, that is how rankings work,,,.....

rheffero
rheffero

@JoelSmith @rheffero Angry,,sorry champ, nothing to be angry about, confused. bewildered yes. Also, incredulous that programs that invest millions would let this system continue, yes. 

Since a ton of these programs are using tax dollars (whether funding the "student" part of student athlete, or stadium building),. and part of the way the system works today is to give millions to the program to attend bowl games, and the bowl games are driving partially by "ranking", I stand by my comment, this system makes no sense. Why should anyone care what Colin Cowherd ranks the program?

But what made absolutely no sense, was your comment..NFL chooses it champion on the field, not via a poll, so Vegas odds mean nothing.

But I suppose when you are a low information moron, you would not grasp the subtlety of my comment.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@joe6647 The polls have been a part of the football landscape for decades.  So have the beefs of you chronic complainers.   Seems as if the pollsters are winning.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Suteki73 Nice try.  Your logic might work in bizarro world, not here.   According to your rules of college football rankings, if Clemson were to play at Stanford next week, Clemson should win the game.    Good one.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@joe6647 Wow, your comprehension skills are lacking.  I have not written that I am rooting for or against the polls.  This is only college football and it is only entertainment for me.   Who ends up where in the polls, either now or at the end of the year, does not affect my life one bit.   My comment about the polls not going away is not based on my personal preference but on history.  The polls have been around forever and have been the fuel for argument and debate forever,  with their following now larger than ever.  When something works it is not thrown away.  The polls attract readers, meaning they work, so they are not going away.   Keep fighting the good fight to stop them - I just don't think that it will work.

joe6647
joe6647

@JoeCabot @joe6647 you are rooting for the current format of the polls aka the status quo.  "Oh, they are not going away"


Yes, you are a sheep

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@joe6647 Nice try, but putting words in my post does not make your argument any better.  I never said that the polls were right, wrong, or somewhere in the middle.   I was simply laughing at you and the rest of the chronic complainers who have been complaining for years about the early season polls.   The polls create interest and bring in readers so you are, in effect, supporting the polls that you don't like with every click and post.  Oh, and they are not going away.

joe6647
joe6647

@JoeCabot @joe6647 so because something has been in place forever it means its right according to you.  Nice way to live life like a sheep