Clemson Football fans are still in shock about the way the Tigers lost to the Duke Blue Devils on Labor Day Monday, but one thing that many had already predicted was that the Tigers would likely fall out of the AP Top 25 when it was released today.
That prediction was almost correct.
Clemson remains ranked, but only barely, at 25th in the first in-season AP Top 25.
The top of the poll did not change drastically. The Georgia Bulldogs remained in first-place, followed by the Michigan Wolverines and Alabama Crimson Tide.
One of the biggest gainers of the weekend was the Florida State Seminoles, who rose four spots to 4th place. They were followed by Ohio State, USC, Penn State, Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame to round out the Top 10.
LSU, who lost to Florida State on Sunday, dropped nine spots to 14th. The only larger drop was Clemson, which fell sixteen spots.
Clemson Football hung on in the AP Top 25 poll, but just barely
Two team entered the poll for the first time. Duke deservedly entered at 21st, followed by the Colorado Buffaloes at 22nd. TCU fell out of the rankings because of their loss to Colorado, and Iowa dropped out, despite winning and actually playing decent offensively.
Clemson now has a short week to prepare for their next game this Saturday against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. CSU survived a scare in Week 1 from North Greenville, needing a rally to come back at home this past weekend.
There are two matchups between AP Top 25 ranked teams this weekend. The big game of the weekend will be Texas at Alabama, a rematch of last season’s game which the Tide won barely in Austin. The other is the Tulane Green Wave visiting the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford.