Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Clemson moves up to No. 4 in AP poll
By Heather Dinich
Following Saturday's 38-35 win over Georgia, Clemson is No. 4 in the first regular-season Associated Press Top 25 poll -- the program's highest ranking in that poll in 25 years. The Tigers received one-first place vote and have their best showing in the poll since Sept. 12, 1988, when they were No. 3.
The ACC only has two teams ranked, but considering they're both in the top 10, that's all the conference needs right now. Clemson established itself as a legitimate national title contender on Saturday night, and Florida State unveiled a superstar at quarterback capable of having a magical season. Overall, it was a great start to the season for the conference. The ACC had a 9-3 nonconference record in Week 1 -- the only conference whose losses all came against Power 5 conference opponents, with two of those three setbacks coming to the nation’s No. 1- and No. 6-ranked teams. In other words, they were respectable losses.
Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Virginia all received votes, but the Canes are the closest to cracking the poll. With a victory over the Gators this weekend, they'd have to be in.