Clemson moves up in Coaches, drops in AP Poll

Sammy Watkins dives for the goal line in the first quarter against Georgia Tech

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Sammy Watkins dives for the goal line in the first quarter against Georgia Tech

If there’s a poll to be ranked higher in, it’s the USA Today Coaches top-25, factoring in the BCS formula, and that’s the case this week for Clemson.

The Tigers moved up two spots to 13th, jumping two Lone Star State teams that lost this week (Texas and TCU).

FSU is the ACC’s only other ranked team in the poll, falling to 11th after the 17-16 loss at NC State Saturday.

Making up the new top-10 is Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas State, Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Southern California and Oklahoma.

Clemson dropped a spot to 16th in the AP Top-25.

They were jumped by Oklahoma (13th now from 17th) after the Sooners dominated Texas Tech on the road, 41-20.

Four teams ahead of the Tigers in the poll lost Saturday, but three of the four were the top-5 and didn’t drop enough (LSU to 9th, FSU to 12th and Georgia to 14th) and the other, Texas, fell to 15th after losing to new No. 5 West Virginia.

The new AP top-5 is Alabama, Oregon, South Carolina, Florida and WVU, with Kansas State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU and Oregon State rounding out the top-10.

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