Respect: AP And USA Today Top 25

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ACC Nation Staff @accnation –

In this week’s AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches’ Poll and ESPN FPI, Clemson returns to the top 4. The big question remains what will happen to the Tigers in the CFP Top 25 after two teams in front of them fell this weekend. Even though Notre Dame had a convincing win over Duke they still fell in the polls. One other ACC Nation team fell from the Top 25 following a loss. The world of college football rankings is all about earning respect.

Both Alabama and Penn State dropped important games this weekend. These losses may well force the hand of the College Football Playoff committee to push one or both out of their Top 25. That remains to be seen.

Clemson moves up into a tight field of over-achievers in the polls. Ohio State, LSU and the Tigers are the current tri-fecta. Alabama drops to fourth followed by Georgia and Oregon to round out the New Year’s 6.

Notre Dame, even with a convincing win over Duke slips a notch in both polls. It’s more a reflection of the log-jam of teams putting on a last minute sprint to the finish. There has to be room to fit them in so the Irish get a bit of the short end of the stick.


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Wake Forest couldn’t find their offensive legs against an energized Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The Hokies have found their second wind and took advantage of a weak Demon Deacons defense. The loss drops the Deacs out of the Top 25 with little chance of returning this season.

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AP Top 25 / USA Today Coaches’ Poll

AP#TEAMUSA TODAY #TEAM
1LSU1LSU
2OHIO STATE2OHIO STATE
3CLEMSON3CLEMSON
4ALABAMA4ALABAMA
5GEORGIA5GEORGIA
6OREGON6OREGON
16NOTRE DAME16NOTRE DAME
RVRV
29WAKE FOREST27WAKE FOREST
31VIRGINIA33VIRGINIA TECH
34VIRGINIA TECH34VIRGINIA  
36PITT

Over the remaining three weeks of the regular season here’s a look at the schedules of ACC Nation teams listed above.

  • Clemson
  • Wake Forest
  • South Carolina
  • Notre Dame
  • Navy
  • Boston College
  • Stanford
  • Wake Forest
  • Clemson
  • Duke
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia
  • Liberty
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Tech
  • Georgia Tech
  • Pitt
  • Virginia
  • Pitt
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia Tech
  • Boston College

Notre Dame and Wake Forest are the only two teams that will face a ranked opponent. The Irish will face off with No. 21 Navy while the Demon Deacons take on No. 4 Clemson. If any of these teams are looking for respect, here’s an opportunity to earn it.


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ESPN FPI

  • #1 Ohio State
  • #2 Clemson
  • #3 Alabama
  • #4 LSU
  • #5 Georgia
  • #6 Penn State
  • #14 Notre Dame
  • #37 Virginia
  • #45 Florida State
  • #46 North Carolina
  • #50 Wake Forest
  • #55 Pitt
  • #57 Duke
  • #58 Virginia Tech
  • #60 Louisville

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