Top 10 start, Top 10 finish: Clemson 7th, 8th in final USA Today, AP polls

FSU, Auburn 1-2, South Carolina 4th, Tigers and Tide swap 7th and 8th spots

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For the first time ever, Clemson both started and finished a season ranked in the nation's top 10.

The Tigers secured their place in overnight balloting, as they landed at No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and at No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25.

Clemson and Alabama swapped the No. 7 and 8 positions in the two versions.

The top six positions were the same in both polls: Florida State No. 1, followed by Auburn, Michigan State, South Carolina, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Duke finished 22nd in the coaches' poll and 23rd in the AP version.

After winning just two BCS bowl games in the first 14 years of the system's existence, the ACC has now won its last three: Florida State's wins over Northern Illinois and Auburn, and Clemson's victory over Ohio State.

Final USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. Florida State 14-0

2. Auburn 12-2

3. Michigan State 13-1

4. South Carolina 11-2

5. Missouri 12-2

6. Oklahoma 11-2

7. Clemson 11-2

8. Alabama 11-2

9. Oregon 11-2

10. Stanford 11-3

10. Ohio St. 12-2

12. UCF 12-1

13. Baylor 11-2

14. LSU 10-3

15. Louisville 12-1

16. UCLA 10-3

17. Oklahoma State 10-3

18. Texas A&M 9-4

19. USC 10-4

20. Arizona State 10-4

21. Wisconsin 9-4

22. Duke 10-4

23. Vanderbilt 9-4

24. Notre Dame 9-4

25. Nebraska 9-4

*Others Receiving Votes - Washington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

Final Associated Press Top 25

1. Florida State 14-0

2. Auburn 12-2

3. Michigan State 13-1

4. South Carolina 11-2

5. Missouri 12-2

6. Oklahoma 11-2

7. Alabama 11-2

8. Clemson 11-2

9. Oregon 11-2

10. UCF 12-1

11. Stanford 11-3

12. Ohio State 12-2

13. Baylor 11-2

14. LSU 10-3

15. Louisville 12-1

16. UCLA 10-3

17. Oklahoma State 10-3

18. Texas A&M 9-4

19. USC 10-4

20. Notre Dame 9-4

21. Arizona State 10-4

22. Wisconsin 9-4

23. Duke 10-4

24. Vanderbilt 9-4

25. Washington 9-4

*Others receiving votes: Nebraska 107, Fresno St. 57, N. Illinois 22, N. Dakota St. 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 13, Iowa 13, Mississippi 10, Kansas St. 8, Arizona 5, Navy 3, East Carolina 2, Utah St. 2, Mississippi St. 1.

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Comments » 7

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

I guess these polls are fairly reasonable. I do think if you lose you should pay some price and maybe Mi St go to 2 and Auburn to 3. And Missouri beat a good Ok St team and stayed the same I think. SC going to 4 sort of surprises me considering they beat a low ranked team. Of course, they did beat Missouri and us no matter how lucky they got it is still a win and when they were making these polls they didn't look at game film and then vote.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

i think the poll is about right. i saw where Clemson was ranked anywhere from #4 to #16. #4 is too high obviously. Who ranked us so low you ask? Josh Kendall.

TigerNE writes:

Hard to believe both polls ranked Mizzou below SCar. Even though SCar beat them in OT, Mizzou won one more and their only 2 losses were to ranked teams. SCar losing to Tenn should pull them down at least one spot below Mizzou.

FlopEye writes:

Instead of being proud of the state's two teams
being in the top 10, these three tiger fans want
to bemoan where USC finished. Maybe they should
petition Clemson to change their school colors
to green, as in envy.

TigerNE writes:

in response to FlopEye:

Instead of being proud of the state's two teams
being in the top 10, these three tiger fans want
to bemoan where USC finished. Maybe they should
petition Clemson to change their school colors
to green, as in envy.

No envy from me. Pointing out that SCar beat out Mizzou by one position shows no envy. Just less rationale than there should be. If I followed other teams more closely like I do Clemson and our rivals, I might comment on the logic of some other choices. But I don't and so didn't.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

in response to FlopEye:

Instead of being proud of the state's two teams
being in the top 10, these three tiger fans want
to bemoan where USC finished. Maybe they should
petition Clemson to change their school colors
to green, as in envy.

Try reading my comment again Flop. i was referring to Clemson's ranking by pollsters being anywhere between #4 and #16. i even stated some had CU ranked too high. So go troll somewhere else.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

The polls got it right for the most part. Auburn clearly deserves to be #2. They handled FSU for most of the game and came about as close as possible to winning it. Michigan State's #3 because their defense is the best in the nation. They played as well as anyone at the end of the year. South Carolina beat Mizzou at their place. That should carry some weight. It's splitting hairs really b/c the difference in the AP b/t SC and Mizzou was only 11 points. The coaches poll was only 19 points. So everyone had them pretty much equal. If SC had pulled it out at Knoxville then they would've played Auburn and likely lost, both teams would probably have won their bowls, and we'd probably see Mizzou at #3 and SC at #4 separated by the same margin.

Where I think the polls got it wrong was with Stanford. I think they're clearly better than Ohio State and Oregon. Ohio State's schedule was dreadful. Their best win all season was Wisconsin at home. Stanford went 11-3 but was 7-1 against ranked teams only losing to Michigan State (by 4). They also dominated Oregon who made the score respectable late in the 4th quarter. Oregon was awful at the end of the season.

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