Clemson is ranked No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff Committee rankings, which was released on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers are No. 4 due to their strength of schedule, which includes two wins over ranked teams (Auburn and Virginia Tech). Clemson has six wins over teams with winning rankings, which ranks No. 1 in the country among all Power 5 Conference teams.
Despite the Tigers’ ranking, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he doesn’t care at this point and time.
“They could have us tenth. It just doesn’t matter,” Swinney said at his weekly press conference. “I mean it just really does not matter. If they have us second and we get our butts beat this week, it will not matter.
“If they have us tenth and yet we win out, we will be where we need to be. I think we would have played a pretty good schedule. We played a lot of teams that won a bunch of games and a lot of teams that have been in position to win some others. We’re a very competitive team so we just have to take care of business. It is just that simple. It just does not matter.”
Swinney said the only poll that matters is the last one, which will be on Dec. 3.
Clemson will visit No. 20 NC State on Saturday in a key ACC showdown.
CFP Top 25 rankings
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- Iowa State
- Mississippi State
- Southern Cal
- NC State
- Michigan State
- Washington State