Clemson rises to No. 3 in AP poll

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Last week, Clemson climbed to its highest-ranking since 1988 at No. 4.

This week, they matched that mark, jumping Ohio State to No. 3 in the nation with their 2-0 record.

They have one first place vote like last week and sit behind Alabama (57 first place votes) and Oregon (one first place vote).

The whole top-10 is: Alabama (1-0), Oregon (2-0), Clemson (2-0), Ohio State (2-0), Stanford (1-0), Texas A&M (2-0), Louisville (2-0), LSU (2-0), Georgia (1-1) and Florida State (1-0).

Miami completes an ACC trio in the top-25 at No. 15 after their upset of Florida. South Carolina dropped to No. 13.

The Coaches Poll, which factors in the BCS formula, kept the Tigers at No. 5 with Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Stanford ahead of them.

Clemson opponents land at No. 9 (Florida State), No. 10 (Georgia) and No. 14 (South Carolina) there.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

The coaches poll factors in the BCS formula. What does that mean? The coaches poll is one third of the rankings. The AP is one third and the computers are one third and that makes up the BCS rankings. Explain to me how the coaches use the BCS formula in ranking these teams every week.

MyTwoSENSE writes:

The AP poll has no factor in the BCS poll. The BCS poll is comprised of 1/3 equal parts. 1) coaches poll. 2). Harris poll. 3) average of ten computer polls. Here's a link!

Why anyone cares about the AP poll anymore is beyond me. Although I am sure it influences the human elements of the BCS formula, as there is no possible way that coaches (or anyone else) are actually watching every team. As far as who votes in the coaches poll, they are basically selected at random from each conference. Here's a link to a story about Gus Malzahn declining to have a vote that explains it.

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