Clemson fell to 25th in the Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, ending his 97-week streak in the top 10.
The Tigers (2-2) lost for the second time this season on Saturday – falling in double overtime against North Carolina State – and dropped 16 places from No.9 in the AP’s Top 25, presented by Regions Bank.
Clemson’s top 10 streak was tied with Alabama for the longest current run in college football and the second longest in AP poll history, behind Miami’s 137 from 1985 to 1993.
The Crimson Tide remained No.1 with 58 first place votes out of 62. Georgia No.2 received the remaining four first place votes. Oregon remained at No. 3. Penn State moved up two spots to No. 4, Iowa to No. 5, and Oklahoma slipped two spots to No. 6.
Cincinnati earned a spot at No.7 and Arkansas jumped eight spots to No.8 after beating Texas A&M. The Razorbacks have their best ranking since being No.8 at the start of the 2012 season.
That season, Arkansas lost their second game of the season to Louisiana-Monroe and was never ranked again. The Razorbacks had finished fifth the previous season under Bobby Petrino.
The No. 9 Notre Dame and Florida complete the top 10.
Clemson managed to extend his streak of weeks ranked at 107, the third longest active streak behind Alabama (218) and Ohio State (150).
The Buckeyes’ streak does not include polls in which they were not eligible during the 2020 season because the Big Ten had no plans to play due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The current streak of appearances in the polls in Alabama is the second of all time after Nebraska’s 348s from 1981 to 2002.
After six ranked teams lost this weekend, four to unranked opponents, four new teams have entered the rankings for the first time this season.
– No. 19 Oklahoma State improved to 4-0 by beating Kansas State. The Cowboys finished classified last season.
– No.21 Baylor is 4-0 after upsetting Iowa State at home and is ranked for the first time since the last poll in 2019.
– No. 23 North Carolina State (3-1) ended an eight-game losing streak against Clemson to advance to the standings. The Wolfpack was briefly ranked at No.23 last season.
– No.24 Wake Forest is 4-0 for the first time since 2019, when the Demon Deacons were ranked for a total of five weeks with a peak of No.19. This is the only season Wake has been ranked since 2008.
Two teams that started the season in the top 10 are now unranked.
–Iowa State started No.7, their best ranking in school history after finishing ninth in 2020, but now sits at 2-2 and unranked.
–North Carolina was No.10 at the start of the season, but fell after being routed by Georgia Tech to fall to 2-2.
–Wisconsin started the No.12 season but after losing to Penn State and Notre Dame to drop to 1-2, they are unranked.
– Kansas State spent a week in the standings and retired.
The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the top 10 and five of 12 in the top 12, including Mississippi at No.12.
SEC – 7 (Nos 1, 2, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22).
Big Ten – 5 (Nos. 4, 5, 11, 14, 17).
ACC – 3 (n ° 23, 24, 25).
Large 12 – 3 (Nos. 6, 19, 21).
Pac-12 – 2 (Nos 3, 20).
American – 1 (no.7).
Solar belt – 1 (n ° 16).
West Mountain – 1 (No. 18).
Independent – 2 (nos 8, 13).
RANKED vs. CLASS
No. 12 Mississippi to No. 1 Alabama. First ranked clash between the Rebels and Tide since 2017.
No.8 Arkansas to No.2 Georgia. The resurgence of the Razorbacks was one of the stories of the first month of the season.
No. 7 Cincinnati to No. 9 Notre-Dame. The Fighting Irish have compelled the Bearcats, who need Notre Dame to be as good as they can be if they have the slightest shot to sneak into the playoffs.
No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State. It could be a short stint in the rankings for any of the 12 big rivals.
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