AP Top 25 Reality Check: Clemson Tigers Remain No. 1
Four times in the 84-year history of The Associated Press college football poll, there has been a tie for No. 1, and not since Aug. 26, 2002. If a single voter who placed Clemson No. 1 and Alabama No. 2 on Sunday had instead flipped the Tigers and Crimson Tide, the Top 25 would have had tie No. 5.
Alas, a chance for an odd piece of poll history was missed. Clemson stayed No. 1 and Alabama stayed No. 2, but they were separated by a mere two points. Some voters dinged the Tigers for needing a full 60 minutes to put away Boston College on Saturday. Maybe a little harsh considering Clemson’s 18-point comeback was led by freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, making his first career start with star Trevor Lawrence out with COVID-19.
Lawrence will not play next week, either, when the Tigers go to No. 4 Notre Dame.
AP Top 25 Poll
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- Coastal Carolina
- Iowa State
- Boise State