Tigers maintain AP, Coaches Poll top-four status

Clemson's Tajh Boyd talks to media in a postgame press conference after the Tigers beat N.C. State 26-14 at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd talks to media in a postgame press conference after the Tigers beat N.C. State 26-14 at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

On a favorite-heavy week, Clemson didn't move up or down in the AP and Coaches Polls.

The Tigers stuck at No. 3 among the AP writers and No. 4 from the college coaches.

Both the AP and Coaches Poll top-20s went undefeated this week, and by Vegas odds, there were only two upsets in 59 FBS matchups per ESPN.

Clemson's four-week run in the AP top-5 ties its second-longest (1984) since 1981 (eight polls).

AP top-10: Alabama (3-0), Oregon (3-0), Clemson (3-0), Ohio State (4-0), Stanford (3-0), LSU (4-0), Louisville (4-0), Florida State (3-0), Georgia (2-1) and Texas A&M (3-1).

Coaches top-10: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Louisville, Florida State, Texas A&M and Georgia.

Rounding out the ACC, Miami (3-0) moved up two spots in the Coaches to No. 15, while Georgia Tech (3-0) was just left out of the poll. Season-finale opponent South Carolina (2-1) had the week off and stayed 12th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches.

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TigerNE writes:

I'm cautious about putting too much emphasis or concern in the rankings at this point. What little superstition I have makes me think it could just lead to a .... well, a jinx of sorts. I'd rather focus only on the next game and keep expecting the team to refine their play. Games 2 and 3 weren't as "refined" as I had been led to believe they would be. Same goes for Heisman talk. Shhhhhh!

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerNE:

I'm cautious about putting too much emphasis or concern in the rankings at this point. What little superstition I have makes me think it could just lead to a .... well, a jinx of sorts. I'd rather focus only on the next game and keep expecting the team to refine their play. Games 2 and 3 weren't as "refined" as I had been led to believe they would be. Same goes for Heisman talk. Shhhhhh!

Obviously the players can't really focus on it (that's kind of what happened after the 8-0 2011 start), but it is worth noting. To be one of three teams in Clemson history to be top-five in the polls for four weeks or more is something. Shows you both how far this team and the team's national reputation has come (sans Jesse Palmer).

Bleedsorange writes:

Palmer, he eats crow all the time, can't wait until the tigers serve it to him.

TigerNE writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Obviously the players can't really focus on it (that's kind of what happened after the 8-0 2011 start), but it is worth noting. To be one of three teams in Clemson history to be top-five in the polls for four weeks or more is something. Shows you both how far this team and the team's national reputation has come (sans Jesse Palmer).

Agreed. I think status and statistics must be reported, don't get me wrong. But sometimes we fans dwell too much on it. And as you say, it could be kryptonite for the players.

Had we dropped one or two my opinion would be, "move on, who cares right now." And we will all probably become a lot more 'engaged' when the BCS rankings first come out. By then we will have beaten THEM in Columbia, so we should expect nothing but tops.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

Obviously the players can't really focus on it (that's kind of what happened after the 8-0 2011 start), but it is worth noting. To be one of three teams in Clemson history to be top-five in the polls for four weeks or more is something. Shows you both how far this team and the team's national reputation has come (sans Jesse Palmer).

That's right, Brandon. And it's even more impressive to be one of the only six teams to have been ranked for, now, some thirty-two or thirty-three weeks straight.

Jesse Palmer was insistent that the derision of Clemson continue. Kudos to David Pollock for pointing out the absurdity of Palmer's stance.

It's also noteworthy that Palmer is one of Steve Spurrier's pupils. Apparently spouting the party line.

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