TOP 25 AP: Clemson is still a landslide at # 1 over Alabama


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Clemson snatched easily from Alabama on Sunday to hold first place Associated Press College Football Poll, To extend her longest run over the poll to seven weeks.

Scarlet tide He escaped from Georgia Saturday night to make the issue number one, but that wasn’t enough to unseat the Tigers.

Clemson defended his home turf with Historic blast against Georgia Tech. The 66-point track was the largest ever in a football match at the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson garnered 54 votes No.1 out of 62 Sports Writers and Broadcasters Committee.

The Crimson Tide got the remaining eight votes first. Notre Dame climbed to No. 3 of the season, while Georgia No. 4 slipped one place and Ohio moved to fifth a week before Big Ten began playing.

Clemson was No. 1 since the start of the season. The Tigers ranked 23rd in school history but not more than five times in a season prior to this year.

North Carolina had a major downfall, with nine places slipping to 14th after losing in Florida.

Oklahoma ranked sixth, with Texas A&M, Penn State, Cincinnati and Florida occupying the top ten.

Poll points

When it comes to winning matches against ranked teams, Alabama coach Nick Saban is the best ever.

Even before his victory over Georgia, Saban held the record for most wins against the top five AP teams (now 25) and the top ten teams (now 42). Saban’s most recent victory was his 86th victory, tying with Joe Paterno of Pennsylvania most of the time.

Saban took advantage that his coaching career came at a time when ratings spanned 25 teams, versus 20, which was the case in the front end of Paterno’s 46-year career. The average number of matches played in a college football season is now longer than ever.

But it took Saban only 25 seasons and 318 games in total to match what Paterno had done in 548 games. It might be some time before Saban gets a chance to break the tie. Alabama currently has no other ranked team remaining on its schedule.

moving in

Unbeaten Coastal Carolina was ranked for the first time in its short history. The Chanticleers of Conway, South Carolina, joined FBS in 2017.

They beat the Sun Belt Louisiana-Lafayette competition last Wednesday to take a 4-0 lead. The loss knocked Ragin ‘Cajuns out of the top 25 teams, but he’s still a notable year for the Sun Belt. The conference had three teams rated at one point or another. Never had more Sunbelt ranks in a season before.

– No. 22 Marshall returned to the classification. Ranked unbeaten in September, the Thundering Herd shocked the Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, but they are back again.

23rd, North Carolina is ranked for the first time since 2018.

Get out

Two teams from the Securities and Exchange Commission joined Louisiana Lafayette in the fall from the rating. Auburn and Tennessee each suffered a second loss of the season and dropped out of the top 25 for the first time.

A conference call

ACC – 6 (No. 1, 3, 11, 14 (R), 19, 23).

Big Ten – 5 (Figures 5, 8, 14 (R), 18, 21).

SEC – 4 (No. 2, 4, 7, 10).

12-3 (Figures 6, 17, 20).

Pac-12 – 2 (No. 13, 24).

American – 2 (No. 9, 16).

Conference USA – 1 (No. 22).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 25).

Independent – 1 (No. 12).

Rank vs Rank

– No. 23 North Carolina at No. 14 North Carolina. For the first time since 1993, and only the third time ever, both Research Triangle competitors will be ranked when they meet.

– No. 17 Iowa and No. 6 Oklahoma. Two of the three big 12 teams that don’t actually have a loss in the conference.

No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota. The Big Teen opens the season with the Battle of Little Brown Jug.

– No. 9 Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU. The remaining AAC team is unbeaten – hopefully. The Cincinnati match had to be postponed last week due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.

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