No. 4 Clemson has best AP poll ranking in 25 years

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, right, outruns the tackle of Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera, left, in the second half of their NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Clemson, SC. Clemson defeated Georgia 38-35. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, right, outruns the tackle of Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera, left, in the second half of their NCAA college football game at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Clemson, SC. Clemson defeated Georgia 38-35. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)

RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Clemson has surged to its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll in 25 years after the Tigers won the biggest game of the opening weekend of the college football season.

Clemson is No. 4 in the first regular season Top 25, following its 38-35 victory against Georgia. The Tigers received one-first place vote and have their best showing in the poll since Sept. 12, 1988, when they were No. 3.

Alabama remains No. 1 and receives 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Virginia Tech 35-10 to start the season.

No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Ohio State flip-flop spots from the preseason rankings. The Buckeyes receive one first-place vote. Stanford is No. 5.

No. 20 Washington and No. 23 Baylor move into the rankings.

Ole Miss was among others receiving votes.

 

The Associated Press

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (58) 1-0 1,497 1
2. Oregon 1-0 1,355 3
3. Ohio St. (1) 1-0 1,330 2
4. Clemson (1) 1-0 1,304 8
5. Stanford 0-0 1,277 4
6. South Carolina 1-0 1,181 6
7. Texas A&M 1-0 1,085 7
8. Louisville 1-0 1,073 9
9. LSU 1-0 971 12
10. Florida St. 1-0 953 11
11. Georgia 0-1 894 5
12. Florida 1-0 875 10
13. Oklahoma St. 1-0 780 13
14. Notre Dame 1-0 707 14
15. Texas 1-0 674 15
16. Oklahoma 1-0 612 16
17. Michigan 1-0 583 17
18. UCLA 1-0 387 21
19. Northwestern 1-0 320 22
20. Washington 1-0 315 NR
21. Wisconsin 1-0 287 23
22. Nebraska 1-0 219 18
23. Baylor 1-0 150 NR
24. TCU 0-1 148 20
25. Southern Cal 1-0 135 24

Others receiving votes: Miami 127, Ole Miss 50, Arizona St. 48, Michigan St. 42, Cincinnati 27, N. Illinois 27, Fresno St. 22, Virginia Tech 12, Bowling Green 9, Georgia Tech 8, Arizona 6, Penn St. 4, Boise St. 3, Virginia 2, Arkansas 1.