Season's first BCS Standings put Clemson, ACC on the outside looking in

Tigers No. 19 in 2012's first official standings, Florida State 14th

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Photo by Nathan Gray

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

When the first BCS standings we were released a year ago, Clemson fans were on the edge of their seats.

The Tigers were in the mix, unbeaten, and riding a string of three consecutive victories over top-25 opponents.

This year's version finds Clemson, and the ACC, on the outside looking in - the Tigers done in by Florida State, and the Seminoles subsequently unable to survive their first ACC road test of the season.

The impact of N.C. State's upset victory over the previously third-ranked Seminoles was evident Sunday when FSU landed at No. 14 in the Official BCS Standings.

Clemson came in at No. 19.

Unbeatens Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame make up the top five, and are followed by once-beaten LSU and South Carolina. Unbeaten Oregon State is eighth, with once-beaten Oklahoma and USC rounding out the top 10.

Clemson is ranked 10th among teams with one loss, behind LSU, South Carolina, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

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richardcd writes:

Unless the ACC starts to spend more money on football and hiring better coaches, they are going to continue to be on the outside looking in. Clemson and Florida State seem to be the exceptions, but they still have a year or two to go before they can compete.

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