CLEMSON — The climb continues.
Clemson is now ranked No. 3 in the country, equaling its highest placement in the Associated Press poll since 1988. The last time Clemson reached No. 2 was 1984, spending one week there.
The Tigers remained at No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll.
The Tigers (2-0) dismantled South Carolina State 52-13 Saturday, a week after knocking off then-No. 5 Georgia 38-35. It was apparently enough to leapfrog Ohio State, which has beaten Buffalo* 40-20 and San Diego State 42-7 but watched quarterback Braxton Miller suffer a sprained left knee Saturday.
*Writer’s note: sorry, I initially wrote Toledo. My bad.
In last week’s poll, when Clemson shot up the rankings from No. 8 to No. 4, the Tigers were trailing third-ranked Ohio State by a 26-point margin (1,330 to 1,304.)
In Monday’s latest release, the Tigers edged the Buckeyes 1,332 to 1,327, which means Clemson moved up slightly on a decent portion of the 60 voting ballots.
Alabama remains the near-unanimous No. 1 team, but one of its first-place votes was changed to No. 2 Oregon week-over-week. Clemson and Ohio State still have one first-place nod each.
Idle Florida State stood pat at No. 10, and Miami, coming off a home win vs. then-No. 12 Florida, rose to No. 15 in the country for the Hurricanes’ first ranking since November 2010.