Clemson slipped to 25th in an Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, cutting his streak of 97 consecutive weeks in the top 10.
The Tigers lost (2-2) for the second time this season on Saturday – falling in overtime twice to NC State – and lost 16 places from the ninth in the AP top 25.
Clemson’s top-ten streak has been tied with Alabama for the current longest streak in college football and the second-longest streak in AP poll history, behind the Miami 137 from 1985 to 1993.
Crimson Tide remained at No. 1 with 58 votes out of 62. Georgia came in second place with the remaining four votes. Oregon remained in third place. Pennsylvania rose twice to fourth, Iowa ranked fifth, and Oklahoma twice fell to sixth.
Cincinnati climbed to seventh, and Arkansas jumped eight places to eighth after beating Texas A&M. The Razorbacks have had the best rating since they finished eighth early in the 2012 season.
That season, Arkansas lost its second game of the season to Louisiana Monroe and was never ranked again. The Razorbacks had finished fifth the previous season under Bobby Petrino.
Notre Dame and Florida ranked ninth in the top ten.
Clemson successfully extended his streak of ranked weeks to 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 were not planning to play due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Alabama’s current streak of appearances in the polls is second only to Nebraska 348 from 1981 to 2002.
After losing six ranked teams this weekend, four to unranked opponents, four new teams entered the rankings for the first time this season.
• No. 19 Oklahoma State improved 4-0 by defeating Kansas State. The Cowboys finished last season ranked.
• No. 21 Baylor 4-0 after beating Iowa at home and ranking first since the last 2019 poll.
• No. 23 NC State (3-1) cut eight consecutive games against Clemson to move up the world rankings. Wolfpack was briefly ranked 23rd last season.
• No. 24 Wake Forest is 4-0 for the first time since 2019, when the five-week Demon Deacons were rated with a peak of No. 19. This is the only season Wake has been rated since 2008.
Two teams who started the season in the top 10 are not ranked now.
• Iowa started at number seven, its best ranking in school history after being ranked ninth in 2020, but is now at 2-2 and unranked.
• North Carolina ranked 10th at the start of the season but broke after being directed by Georgia Tech to relegate to 2-2.
• Wisconsin started season 12, but after losing to Penn State and Notre Dame to go down to 1-2, it was not ranked.
• Kansas State spent one week tidying up and out.
The SEC has four teams in the top 10 and five in the top 12, including the 12th Ole Miss.
SEC – 7 (No. 1, 2, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22)
Big Ten – 5 (No. 4, 5, 11, 14, 17)
ACC – 3 (No. 23, 24, 25)
Large 12-3 (numbers 6, 19, 21)
Pac-12 – 2 (No. 3, 20)
American – 1 (No. 7)
Sunbelt – 1 (No. 16)
Mountain West – 1 (No. 18)
Independents – 2 (No. 8, 13).
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No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama. The first ranking match between Rebels and Tide since 2017.
No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia. The re-emergence of the Razorbacks was one of the stories of the first month of the season.
No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish forced The Bearcats, who need Notre Dame to be as good as possible if they have any chance of slipping into the playoff.
No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State. It might be a short stay in the rankings for one of the Big 12 competitors.
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