The ACC's very bad season took has taken another inopportune bite out of Clemson's strength-of-schedule, resulting in one-position drop in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
Despite routing outmanned Maryland 45-10 on Saturday, Clemson was jumped by LSU in the coaches' poll and by Texas A&M in the AP version.
The Tigers are now ranked ninth by the coaches and 11th in the AP poll.
Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame took over the top three spots in the aftermath of Alabama's loss to Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide slipped to fourth in the AP poll and to fifth in the coaches' poll behind Georgia.
Florida State is ranked sixth in the coaches' poll and is followed by Florida, LSU, Clemson and Texas A&M.
South Carolina is ranked 11th, followed by Oklahoma, Stanford, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA, Oregon State, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, Rutgers, USC, Boise State, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
The Harris Interactive Poll, which like the coaches' poll is used to help determine the BCS Standings, will be released later on Sunday.