Clemson Closing the Gap on Alabama

Alabama retained the top spot, with 45 of the 61 first-place votes.

Oklahoma, which beat Tulane, fell from No. 2 to No. 3. The Aztecs are ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the Coaches poll.

Oklahoma State moved up to sixth from ninth after its 59-21 demolition of Pittsburgh.

LSU somehow stayed in the top 25 after their embarrassing loss to Mississippi State.

Washington State (3-0) is 18th, Florida (1-1) is No. 20 and South Florida (3-0) is No. 21.

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The competition gets decidedly more hard for USC in Week 2, when it plays host to Pac-12 rival Stanford, which remained at No. 14 in the rankings after an easy 62-7 win over Rice at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Auburn almost pulled off an upset against Clemson in the opener for both teams last season but came up just short in a 19-13 final. Oklahoma State 7. Washington 8. Buyer beware on that front, though, as they will face No. 1 Alabama (home), No. 24 Florida (road), No. 13 Georgia (home) and undefeated Ole Miss (road) the next four weeks.

Nebraska has lost six of nine games since opening 2016 with seven straight wins and cracking the Top 10 for the first time in five years.

Even with FSU football dropping in both polls, the conference is still tied for the most teams in the Top 16 of both polls as the ACC has four teams (Clemson, FSU, Va. Tech and Miami, who somehow moved up) in that group to tie them with the Big Ten. LSU is now 2-1 on the season while Mississippi State, which went from unranked to 17th, has gotten off to a 3-0 start.

  • Megan Austin