Clemson (6-1; .625) narrowly edged Texas Tech (7-0, .622) for a debut at No. 9 in the BCS standings.
Florida State surged from No. 5 in the polls going into the weekend to No. 2 in the BCS (.935) after their resounding win in Death Valley, holding just a .003 margin on No. 3 Oregon. Ohio State (.855) and Missouri (.822) complete the top-five. Baylor, which is ranked as high as No. 5, is only just ahead of the Tigers (.712).
All totaled, six undefeated and one one-loss team stand between Clemson and any goal loftier than a BCS bowl at-large bid.
Their primary competition right now for that at-large? Miami, checking in at No. 7 (.720), due to the two team per conference limit. Still, that's a long way off, and if FSU wins out, that problem will be taken care of.
Clemson has been ranked in 17 consecutive BCS top-20 rankings now.
Tigers' BCS polls ranking
Coaches: 10; Harris: 10; Computer average: 9.