Clemson stays No. 1, however Alabama closing gap

Jenna Harris November 1, 2020 9 No Comments

Clemson remains No. 1, but Alabama closing gap

Clemson stayed No. 1 The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, although not by far.

Trevor Lawrence’s lack due to COVID-19 along with also the Tigers’ narrow win over Boston College generated a split among the 62 authors and broadcasters in the voting panel.

Clemson obtained 33 first-place votes — 19 fewer than last week — also contains just a two-point lead over No. Two Alabama heading into a enormous ACC matchup in fourth-ranked Notre Dame this past week.

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Alabama, which given Mike Leach his first shutout loss for a head coach with a 41-0 success over Mississippi State, obtained the 29 additional first-place votes.

The remainder of the top five stayed the same, together with Ohio State in No. 3, followed closely by Notre Dame and Georgia.

The unbeaten Liberty Flames, in their third season at the Football Bowl Subdivision, entered the rankings for first time at No. 25. Penn State is out for the first time because 2016 following consecutive losses.

Voters had differing views about the best way best to deal with Clemson. Six voters that had Alabama No. 1 to their own ballots had Clemson third supporting Ohio State.

Lawrence was ruled from this match against Boston College after testing positive for COVID-19, and trainer Dabo Swinney declared his Heisman Trophy front-runner would not play against Notre Dame, either.

Clemson made an 18-point deficit in the second half to overcome BC 34-28. Five-celebrity freshman D.J. Uiagalelei made his first start and got better as the match went Clemson pulled off its biggest comeback to get a home win in program history.

Alabama made easy work of Mississippi State and has scored 35 or more points in 19 straight matches, the longest streak at the FBS.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Clemson
2. ) Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. ) Notre Dame
5. ) Georgia
6. ) Cincinnati
7. ) Texas A&M
8. ) Florida
9. BYU
10. Wisconsin
11. Miami
12. Oregon
13. Indiana
14. Oklahoma State
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Marshall
17. Iowa State
18. SMU
19. Oklahoma
20. USC
21. Boise State
22. Texas
23. Michigan
24. Auburn
25. Liberty


Liberty, that was idle Saturday, beat out Northwestern for its No. 25 spot. Hugh Freeze’s Flames are 6-0 against largely light competition. Their biggest test so much comes this week in Virginia Tech.

The last time Penn State was unranked was Oct. 16, 2016. The next week, the Nittany Lions angry Ohio State at Happy Valley, then emerged in 63 straight polls where they were entitled. (Big Ten teams have been eliminated from consideration for 2 surveys this season due to their coronavirus-delayed season.)

Penn State had the fourth-longest active streak behind Alabama (205), Ohio State (138) and Clemson (94).

Cincinnati, in No. 6, has its greatest ranking since it ended the 2009 regular season No. 4.

No. 9 BYU is at the very best 10 for the first time because it had been No. 7 Sept. 13, 2009.

No. 13 Indiana has its own very best ranking as it had been as large as No. 11 in 1987.


No. 22 Texas conquer Oklahoma State in overtime for its first road win against a high -10 team as 2010 and can be back following having a three-week absence.

No. 24 Auburn returned after fourteen days following its own rout of LSU.

No. 25 Liberty’s program gets harder now, together with Virginia Tech, NC State and Sun Belt Conference phenom and No. 15 Coastal Carolina to emerge.


North Carolina has dropped two of three and fell out for the very first time this year.

Penn State’s lack may be temporary, with winnable games from Maryland and Nebraska up .

Kansas State’s two-week stay ends using a nasty road loss to West Virginia.


The simply seminar without representation at the Top 25 is your Mid-American, which starts drama Wednesday.

SEC — 5 (Nos. 2, 7, 5, 8, 24).

Big Ten — 4 (Nos. 3, 10, 13, 23).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 14, 17, 19, 22).

ACC — 3 (Nos. 1, 4, 11).

Pac-12 — two (Nos. 12, 20).

American — two (Nos. 6, 18).

C-USA — 1 (No. 16).

Mountain West — 1 (No. 21).

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 15).

Independent — 1 (No. 9, 25).


No. 9 BYU in No. 21 Boise State, Friday: Third-string QB Baylor Romney orchestrated BYU’s upset of this Broncos previous year. Zach Wilson will soon be leading the Cougars’ attempt to win in Boise for the very first time.

No. 8 Florida vs. No. 5 Georgia at Jacksonville, Florida: The Bulldogs will opt for a fourth consecutive win in the show but will need to be more slender than they had been against Kentucky.

No. 1 Clemson in No. 4 Notre Dame: Another “biggest game of the year” — before another one. Uiagalelei takes his show on the road while Lawrence stays from the COVID-19 protocol. The Irish defense was demanding, but the Tigers really are another creature.

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