Clemson climbs to No. 8 in coaches' poll, remains 10th in AP version

Unbeatens Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame hold top four spots

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 45-yard touchdown pass over Duke's Lee Butler in the first quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. The score was Hopkins' third of the quarter.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 45-yard touchdown pass over Duke's Lee Butler in the first quarter at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. The score was Hopkins' third of the quarter.

The Clemson football team climbed one spot, from ninth to eighth, in the USA Today Coaches' Poll on Sunday, while the Tigers retained their No. 10 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25.

Alabama (9-0) retained the No. 1 position in both polls, and was followed by Oregon (9-0), Kansas State (9-0) and Notre Dame (9-0).

The coaches rank Georgia (8-1) fifth, followed by Florida State (8-1), Florida (8-1), Clemson (8-1), LSU (7-2), and Louisville (9-0).

South Carolina (7-2) is ranked 11th, followed by Oregon State (7-1), Oklahoma (6-2), Texas A&M (7-2), Stanford (7-2), Nebraska (7-2), Texas (7-2), Louisiana Tech (8-1), UCLA (7-2), Rutgers (7-1), Northwestern (7-2), Southern California (6-3), Mississippi State (7-2), Boise State (7-2) and Toledo (8-1).

West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State dropped out of the coaches' poll.

The AP poll ranks Ohio State fifth, followed by Georgia, Florida, FSU, LSU, Clemson, Louisville and South Carolina.

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