The week two AP and Coaches polls are out today and, predictably, the Clemson Tigers took a dive in both of them. The Tigers dropped from No. 16 to down to No. 23 in the AP Poll and they plummeted eight spots to No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.
I doubt that the Tigers will end up that low by the end of the season, but Clemson football fans should be prepared to bring up the rear in both polls for a little while. Clemson should get an easy win this weekend over the South Carolina State Bulldogs, but that won’t help them much in the polls. Two weeks after that, following a bye week, Clemson will head to Tallahassee to play the Florida State Seminoles.
Depending on how that goes, Clemson could fall out of the top 25 entirely. Of course, if Florida State turns out to be beatable–as they sometimes looked against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend–then maybe it will be the start of a rapid climb back up the polls for the Tigers. We’ll see.
Here are a few other notes from the polls:
- Georgia’s climb was almost as steep as Clemson’s fall. The Bulldogs moved from No. 12 to No. 6 in the AP Poll, and No. 12 to No. 8 in the Coaches Poll.
- After annihilating South Carolina, the Texas A&M Aggies were moved from No. 21 to No. 9 by the sporting press and from No. 20 to No. 13 by the coaches. South Carolina’s fall nearly mirrored the Aggies’ rise, as they dropped from No. 9 to No. 21 in both polls.
- The Louisville Cardinals became the fourth ACC team to join the top 25 in the AP poll and the third from the Atlantic division. They landed at No. 25 with only 25 fewer votes than Clemson. The Cardinals remain unranked in the Coaches Poll.