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Clemson picks up first-place vote in coaches’ poll

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For the past two weeks, Alabama (mainly) and Oregon had received every single first-place vote cast in the USA Today coaches’ poll.

Upon the release of the latest poll following the completion of Week 5, one of those has deemed an ACC school worthy of the No. 1 spot on his ballot.

Clemson, which has climbed from its preseason ranking of No. 8 to No. 4 heading into Week 6, was on the receiving end of one of the 62 first-place vote in the coaches’ poll released Sunday.  No. 1 Alabama held steady with 59 first-place vote, while the Tigers’ top-spot nod came at the expense of No. 2 Oregon (2).

Georgia, thanks to its huge win over LSU, was easily the biggest mover upward this week, climbing from No. 10 to No. 6.  Conversely, LSU dropped from No. 6 to No. 11 after its first loss of the season.

Of the six one-loss teams ranked in the Top 20, five are from the SEC: UGA, LSU, Texas A&M (No. 9, same as last week), South Carolina (No. 12, up from No. 13) and Florida (No. 19, same as last week).  The only non-SEC school with a loss still inside the Top 20 is Oklahoma State, which tumbled from No. 11 all the way down to No. 20 after being embarrassed by West Virginia.

As for the remainder of the Top 10, Ohio State is No. 3, Stanford No. 5, Louisville No. 7, Florida State No. 8 and Oklahoma No. 10.  All but the Sooners, which moved up two, are in the same spots as a week ago.

Three teams moved into the Top 25: Northern Illinois (No. 23), Arizona State (No. 24) and Nebraska (No. 25).  That trio replaced Ole Miss (No. 21), Notre Dame (No. 22) and Wisconsin (No. 24).

USA Today Coaches' Poll Week 5

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15 Responses to “Clemson picks up first-place vote in coaches’ poll”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:49 PM

    Clemson is firing on all cylinders right now. Dabo has every reason to be riding the high of having a team playing with tenacity and very little error.

    As for FSU, all that can be said is WOW!… Their Qb through an awesome pass last night for a TD that I thought was an attempt to throw it away. He’s going to only get better if he doesn’t get injured..

  2. dhardy8207 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    sorry typo ***threw an awesome pass****

  3. woebegong says: Sep 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    I am a DAWG fan so I am delighted to see the DAWGS win yesterday. I think it is kind of dumb though to drop LSU to 11th, because they are still going to cause the teams they play above them a few sleepless night. Having CC calling the offense makes them very dangerous and if they, along with UGA figure out how to cover passes better, the SEC is going to have quite a race to see who wins it this year. I don’t think it is a given that Alabama will waltz to the SEC title, because UGA, LSU and A&M are all capable of putting up points in bunches.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Sep 29, 2013 1:43 PM

    Clemson should not be getting any first place votes yet. Maybe if they beat Florida State but not until then.

  5. Anoesis says: Sep 29, 2013 1:54 PM

    Arizona State moving into the top 25 based on a victory over a USC team quickly spiraling out of control is pretty thin.

  6. rabbi187 says: Sep 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    Really pulling for an A&M/Oregon bowl game. Two team that have JV defenses and ridiculously good/fast offenses lead by 2 exciting QBs. Betcha the game would last 6+ hours and 160+ points would be scored…

  7. classyjacklambert says: Sep 29, 2013 3:02 PM

    Actually I think their defenses aren’t jv, they’ve looked varsity compared to most schools.

  8. mcjon22 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    So Dabo voted his own team #1, why is this news?

  9. planck16 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:52 PM


    Dabo voted Alabama #1, so you are way off. My guess is that Mark Richt or another ACC Coach voted the Tigers #1 in hopes of boosting their strength of schedule.

    Also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ol’ Ball Coach vote them #1 to fire up his team!

  10. woebegong says: Sep 29, 2013 8:59 PM

    Your guess about Coach Richt is way off. Remember he is in the SEC, so I am sure he would go with Alabama.
    Also. having played 3 top ten teams in the last 3 out of 4 games, UGA doesn’t need any boost in strength of schedule.

  11. binkabish says: Sep 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    How can you say Clemson doesn’t deserve to have a first place vote until they beat Florida state? What top 10 team has Oregon played and beat? None, but they get first place votes.

  12. classyjacklambert says: Sep 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    Because I’m a huge Clemson fan that’s watched every second of all their games this season and really the only team that deserves first place votes is Alabama. They look untouchable so far.

  13. planck16 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:41 AM


    I see where you are coming from, but Richt would want the team that beat him ranked as high as possible to impact the rankings. If UGA never plays Bama, then having Bama ranked #1 doesn’t impact UGA. Clemson impacts UGA and as long as Clemson keeps winning, the less it hurts UGA.

  14. binkabish says: Sep 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    I gotcha. I agree Alabama should be number 1. I just felt like if any other team deserved to have first place votes it should be Clemson, because they beat Georgia and Oregon hasn’t played anybody yet they get votes.

  15. classyjacklambert says: Sep 30, 2013 9:21 PM

    I can understand that. I don’t think that Oregon really deserves them either until Alabama falters, but I’m not a voter so my opinion is not relevant lol.

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