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AP makes Clemson-FSU a ‘consensus’ Top-Five showdown

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Thanks to Stanford’s upset loss to Utah, Florida State cracked the coaches’ poll Top Five Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to that same loss, this weekend’s biggest game now has the rankings across the board to prove it.

Just as they did in the coaches’ voting, the Seminoles moved into the Top Five at No. 5 of the Associated Press‘ latest poll release.  With Clemson entrenched again at No. 3, this Saturday’s game will mark the fourth all-time meeting between two ACC schools ranked in the Top Five, and the first since No. 5 Miami defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech in 2005.

Florida State and Clemson are two of the three ACC teams in the AP’s Top 10, with the other being Miami.  That’s the first time since Oct. of 2005 that three teams from that conference have been ranked in the Top 10 the same week.

As expected, Missouri also made a significant upward move on the strength of its win over Georgia.  Just as they were in the coaches’ poll, the Tigers are ranked 14th exiting Week 7 after cracking the AP’s Top 25 last weekend for the first time in two years.  UGA, on the other hand, fell eight spots to No. 15.

There was also history of sorts made with this release, with a whopping eight teams from the SEC littered throughout the rankings.  That’s the first time eight teams from a single conference have been included in the AP Top 25.  Three of those SEC teams (No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 LSU and No. 7 Texas A&M) are in the Top Ten.  The other three outside of those three plus Mizzou and UGA are South Carolina (No. 11), Florida (No. 22) and Auburn (No. 24).

The 5-1 Tigers are making its 2013 AP poll debut, and their first appearance since Oct. of 2011.

Baylor moved up three spots to No. 12, the football program’s highest showing since 1991.  The Bears are also the highest-ranked team in the Big 12, the first time that’s happened in that conference’s history.

Outside of those already mentioned, the Top 10 is rounded out by Oregon (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 4), Louisville (No. 8) and UCLA (No. 9).  The Bruins are inside the Top 10 for the first time since Oct. of 2005.

Interestingly, and probably not wholly surprising, undefeated Louisville, coming off a blasé win last Thursday night, was leapfrogged by a pair of one-loss SEC teams (LSU, A&M).

Of the 14 FBS teams that remain unbeaten, Houston is the only one not in this week’s Top 25.  The Cougars, in fact, aren’t even close; their three votes are behind 10 other teams in the “Others Receiving Votes” category.

Michigan (No. 18) and Northwestern (No. 19) dropped out this week thanks to losses, replaced by Auburn and Wisconsin (No. 25).

(Much thanks to the esteemed Ralph Russo for a couple of the exciting tidbits contained above.  Hit him up HERE on Twitter)

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14 Responses to “AP makes Clemson-FSU a ‘consensus’ Top-Five showdown”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 4:59 PM

    But, but, but,

    The SEC is such a weak conference! They don’t play anybody! The SEC sucks!

    Eight teams.

    Will the season end with eight teams from the SEC
    ranked? Don’t know. Don’t care. It is a tribute to each and every member school that looks to build a program in order to be the best and to play against
    the best, win or lose.


  2. sanduskyshowerspecial says: Oct 13, 2013 5:21 PM

    And, for this week at least, the ACC can say that it has more teams ranked in the Top 5 than any other conference.

  3. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 5:23 PM

    Hot dog!! Bama/Arkansas starts at 6 p.m. est next week and FSU/Clemson starts at 8 p.m. Thank heavens for DVRs!!! That Seminoles/Tigers game has really moved up on the must-see list!

  4. floridacock says: Oct 13, 2013 6:50 PM

    Deb, I know you are a Bama homie, but that’s not going to be much of a game (see Kentucky). Clempson / FSU should be a good game for a while, but time for Clempson to start it’s annual losing streak. Love to see FSU play Bama at some point, but doubtful.

  5. floridacock says: Oct 13, 2013 7:02 PM

    or was it LSU?

  6. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 9:07 PM

    @floridacock …

    I’m a Bama fan but also love the game–though I’ll admit to watching more NFL than college. But this will be a battle of unbeatens, a showdown between #3 and #5, and a big conference battle. As sanduskyshower said, the ACC is the only conference with two teams in the top five. All that makes it a game worth seeing for any college fan.

    And on a personal note, Dabo once coached at Bama and lived next door to my brother. And half my local friends are big FSU fans (with the other half being big Gator fans). I’m hoping for something comparable to the Michigan/Penn State game. Only this time, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to change the channel with about 4 minutes left as I did with the Wolverines and the Nittany Lions. Still can’t believe I missed that!

  7. mcjon22 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:13 AM

    Should be an epic showdown and will be by far the most hyped/talked about game in ACC history.

    One could argue it’s the biggest regular season game in Clemson history and the most important game FSU has played in the last 10 years.

    Can’t wait.

  8. geodude11 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:17 AM

    It’s the AP Poll. They will do anything they can in an attempt to rise from irrelevance. It’s not working.

  9. drummerhoff says: Oct 14, 2013 12:20 AM

    So, next weekend’s-game between two ACC schools ranked in the Top Five is the first since No. 5 Miami defeated No. 3 Virginia Tech in 2005.
    VT finished 7th and beat Louisville in the Gator Bowl and
    Miami finished 18th a got smoked by LSU in the Chickfila.

    Maybe Clemson v Florida State isn’t as big as some want it to be? The winner gets to pound on an overrated Louisville team in the Orange… Whoop-dee-doo.

  10. sillec28 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:48 AM

    I’m now a big fan of Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, and Clemson, especially Clemson. It would be a disgrace to college football if FSU played in the NC game after getting there with its cupcake schedule. Unfortunately Clemson doesn’t have much of a defense so to win they’ll have to put up a boatload of points. Go Tigers!

  11. drummerhoff says: Oct 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    You know what’s odd about the FSU v Clemson game? In all likelihood, the loser gets the better BCS bowl game and match-up.

    Whoever wins Saturday’s game has the inside track to the conference championship and Orange bowl v Louisville. The loser will probably go to the Sugar to play an SEC team.

    A conference championship is nice for the trophy case, but I’d rather play and SEC school than an AAC school on New Years Day.

  12. rippedoffhead says: Oct 14, 2013 12:16 PM


    You do realize Clemson has basically a top-10 defense right? Including being second in all of NCAA in sacks and being 10th in points allowed per game at 16…

    Our defense may actually be better than our offense this year… offense has been off multiple times this while getting bailed out big time by our D.

    And Vic Beasley… don’t even need to say anything more.

  13. rippedoffhead says: Oct 14, 2013 12:18 PM

    *multiple times this YEAR – correction

  14. bamajs says: Oct 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    So much for the comments that the SEC is not the strongest conference in the country, speaks for itself….

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