Clemson leaps to No. 4 in Associated Press Top 25, ranked No. 5 by coaches

Tigers received one first-place vote in AP poll, trail Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State

Clemson fans cheer after the Tigers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson fans cheer after the Tigers scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Clemson jumped to the No. 4 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 after beating then No. 5 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday.

The Tigers received one first place vote and are ranked behind Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State. The Buckeyes also received one first-place vote.

Stanford is ranked fifth, followed by South Carolina, Texas A&M, Louisville, LSU and Florida State. Georgia slipped to 11th, followed by Florida, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Texas.

Clemson moved up three positions to No. 5 in the USA Today coaches' poll. The top four spots were unchanged, with Alabama followed by Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford, which did not play last weekend. Clemson jumped both South Carolina and Texas A&M, while the Gamecocks also jumped the Aggies.

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brookesdad729 writes:

Great job! Now it's time to make sure we're grounded! There are targets all over our backs now and everyone is taking aim! Remember this is just week 1! Go Tigers!

clemvol writes:

1st objective out of 12 acheived. Now, on to the next team which is as much a must win as any. Tigers need to beat this team like they are supposed to with nothing but focus and no let up. One at a time and put another notch on your belt, another hide on the wall. Being ranked number 4 is no different than being ranked number 100 or 200 or 300. Nothing matters untils the dust settles. Just keep playing good sound fundamental football. Excution for perfection and solid tackling will win every time. The tigers found out saturday night that sec teams are not machines they are just like everybody else and are beatable. That game is over,put it behind you and keep playing every play with a fire, a vengence,and nasty attitude. Keep bringing it Tigers and don't let up.

SoCalTiger writes:

There is good and bad. I can't stand all this "talk" of a national championship. I know things are different, but talk is talk. The offense looked unstoppable despite some dropped passes, but the defense gave up over 500 yards. The D made many crucial stops and caused many three-and-outs, but the total yards allowed has to a concern and hopefully will be addressed. Go Tigers!

cuGIZ82 writes:

Polls don't matter to me until week 6...you gain an idea of what a team will become as the season goes on.

TrevorT writes:

Sorry, can't buy all "the polls don't matter" talk. They do matter in college ball. They have for decades. Our current ranking is well earned and we should all be proud of it. It should also sharpen our team's focus to protect it week after week. Acknowledging you've accomplished something doesn't mean you don't want to keep building on it. Truthfully, who on this message board wouldn't have been ready to poop a brick if the Tigers hadn't landed in the top five this week. I know I would have.

clemvol writes:

in response to TrevorT:

Sorry, can't buy all "the polls don't matter" talk. They do matter in college ball. They have for decades. Our current ranking is well earned and we should all be proud of it. It should also sharpen our team's focus to protect it week after week. Acknowledging you've accomplished something doesn't mean you don't want to keep building on it. Truthfully, who on this message board wouldn't have been ready to poop a brick if the Tigers hadn't landed in the top five this week. I know I would have.

I applaud your dedication to the tigers and wish that everyone would have total dedication no matter the outcome. But, i for one don't care about polls this early in the season. One game has been finished but the overall job is far from done. take one game at a time and when the dust settles on the season then everyone will be able to roar. Polls are just opinions. The players will have the final say when the dust settles and the season is over. Go Tigers.

TrevorT writes:

in response to clemvol:

I applaud your dedication to the tigers and wish that everyone would have total dedication no matter the outcome. But, i for one don't care about polls this early in the season. One game has been finished but the overall job is far from done. take one game at a time and when the dust settles on the season then everyone will be able to roar. Polls are just opinions. The players will have the final say when the dust settles and the season is over. Go Tigers.

I get where you're coming from, but the polls mean everything at the end of the season. I agree it's not as significant now as week 12, however, to be on top in the end, you have to climb the polls. I'd prefer to do it sooner than later. But hey, if you don't care you don't care. We can all agree we want to see 13 more wins by the end of the season. GO TIGERS!

clemvol writes:

in response to TrevorT:

I get where you're coming from, but the polls mean everything at the end of the season. I agree it's not as significant now as week 12, however, to be on top in the end, you have to climb the polls. I'd prefer to do it sooner than later. But hey, if you don't care you don't care. We can all agree we want to see 13 more wins by the end of the season. GO TIGERS!

No argument here. We all may not be in the same lane of traffic but we are going in the right direction. Go Tigers and bring the heat and fire with you.

SoCalTiger writes:

I wish they played basketball, too.

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