Georgia remained at the top of the poll, followed by a tie between Tennessee and Ohio State for second, Michigan at fourth and Clemson fifth.
The second five consist of Alabama, TCU, Oregon, USC and UCLA, giving the PAC-12 three top 10 teams.
No. 11 through 15 are Ole Miss, Utah, Kansas State, Illinois and LSU.
Penn State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Tulane and Wake Forest comprise numbers 16 through 20.
The final five consist of North Carolina State, Syracuse, Liberty, Oregon State and UCF.
Georgia received 30 of the 63 first-place votes, while Tennessee garnered 18 and Ohio State 15.
There was much angst among Clemson fans about the horrible week the ACC had with previously top 10 Wake Forest getting blasted at Louisville, Syracuse losing to Notre Dame, and even Boston College losing to Connecticut.
I remain steadfast in my opinion that if Clemson goes 13-0 they are in the playoff, period.
There can only be a max of four undefeated teams given the regular season games to be played with two teams currently ahead of Clemson guaranteed a loss.
Every year fans think up these crazy scenarios that never play out and if the committee leaves out an undefeated Power 5 conference champion I’m not even sure why we play the games.
Despite angst among the fan base if Clemson football continues to win they will be in the College Football Playoff
As it sits now, the Tigers have wins over No. 20, 21 and 22, with a likely match-up with number 17 in the ACC Championship game.
While the resume doesn’t look as impressive as it did just a few weeks ago, no one really thought of Syracuse as a top 10 team, in my opinion, and most realize their schedule was backloaded.
I will agree that the Wake Forest loss and the way it happened is disappointing and the Deacs don’t have an easy schedule ahead.
Long ago I gave up worrying about what ifs and could be when it comes to college football.
If Clemson is 13-0 they are in the playoff and if they lose a game they are out.
It’s really that simple.