Clemson climbs to No 2 in AP poll rankings

The Tigers (3-0) jumped over now-No.

Alabama remains No. 1, with Clemson jumping up one spot to No. 2 over Oklahoma after an impressive 47-21 victory over Heisman victor Lamar Jackson and Louisville. Numbers in parentheses denote first-place votes. With all of the top 10 teams in the poll securing victories on Saturday, there was not much movement at the front of the pack beyond USC and Penn State swapping No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Fourth-ranked Penn State swapped positions with Southern California.

The Tigers were ranked third in the country last week.

Also new to the top 25 are San Diego State, Utah and OR which are ranked 22nd, 23rd and 24th, respectively. Alabama is second at 26 straight weeks.

USC (7/1) and Oklahoma (8/1) round out the top four in terms of odds. Three Big 10 teams, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State round out the top 10.


The first of six College Football Playoff rankings won't be revealed until October 31, giving the 13 members of the selection committee ample time to watch teams develop before attempting to decipher some form of a playoff pecking order. The Big Ten has four.

Losses by LSU to Mississippi State and Louisville dropped those teams to 19th and 20th this week.

The post-Week 3 poll has a few quirks.

- No. 17 Mississippi State made the biggest move among the newcomers, entering the rankings for the first time this season at No. 17.

Stanford fell out of the poll. Miami is up to No. 14 from No. 17 despite not playing.


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