October 19, 2021

Clemson Tigers break Top-10 streak, fall to 25th in AB Top 25

Clemson dropped to 25th place in Sunday’s Associated Press College football poll, breaking its 97th consecutive week in the top 10.

The Tigers (2-2) lost for the second time this season on Saturday — a double overtime fall to the state of North Carolina — and dropped 16 places from 9th. AB Top 25, which is offered by a regional bank.

After Miami’s 137 since 1985-93, Clemson’s top-10 tie with Alabama for the longest run in football and the second longest in the history of the AB election.

The Crimson Tide came in first with 58 votes out of 62. No. 2 Georgia finished in the remaining four first places. Stayed at Oregon No.3. Ben State moved up two places to 4th, Iowa to 5th and Oklahoma to 2nd, 6th.

Arkansas moved up 8 places to 7th after dropping Cincinnati Texas A&M. The Razorbacks have the best ranking since they were 8th at the start of the 2012 season.

That season, Arkansas lost its second game to Louisiana-Monroe, never to be ranked again. Razarbacks finished fifth before the season under Bobby Petrino.

No. 9 Notre Dame and Florida took the top 10 spots.

POLL points

Clemson was able to extend the third longest active line-up to 107th week, behind Alabama (218) and Ohio State (150).

The poll that they were disqualified for the 2020 season did not add to Buckeye’s lineup because Big Ten did not plan to play due to the corona virus infection.

Alabama’s current voter turnout is second only to Nebraska’s 348 since 1981-2002.

IN

Six teams ranked this weekend, four new teams entering the rankings for the first time this season, after four unranked opponents.

19 No. 19 Oklahoma State beat Kansas State to improve 4-0. The Cowboys finished ranking last season.

• No. 21 Baylor is ranked 4-0 after rioting in Iowa State for the first time since the final 2019 poll.

23 No. 23 North Carolina State (3-1) embraced an eight-game defeat against Clemson to move up the rankings. Last season Wolfback was ranked No. 23 briefly.

• The No. 24 Wake Forest is 4-0 for the first time since 2019, when the Demon Deacons finished 19th for a total of five weeks. This is the only season Wake has ranked since 2008.

Out

The two teams that started the season in the top 10 are now out of the standings.

Iowa State started at No. 7, ranking ninth in school after 2020 with its best ranking in school history, but is now 2-2 and not ranked.

North Carolina were 10th to start the season, but were knocked out after the Georgia Tech fell 2-2.

Wisconsin started season 12, but fell 1-2 after losing to Ben State and Notre Dame.

The Kansas State rankings dropped out a week later.

Conference call

The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the top 10 and five teams in the top 12, including Mississippi No. 12.

SEC – 7 (Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22).

Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 4, 5, 11, 14, 17).

ACC – 3 (Nos. 23, 24, 25).

Large 12 – 3 (Nos. 6, 19, 21).

Pac-12 – 2 (Nos. 3, 20).

American – 1 (No. 7).

Sun Belt – 1 (No. 16).

Mount West – 1 (No. 18).

Independents – 2 (Nos. 8, 13).

Ranked against rankings

No. 12 Mississippi No. 1 in Alabama. The first-ranked match between the Rebels and Tide since 2017.

No. 8 Arkansas No. 2 in Georgia. One of the stories of the first month of the season was the resurgence of the racerback.

No. 7 Cincinnati at Notre Dame. Forced fighting Irish beargates, Notre Dame should be as good as possible if there is any shot to sneak into the playoffs.

No. 21 bachelor in the state of Oklahoma. May stay in the rankings for a while for one of the big 12 competitors.