Clemson opens up at No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff Rankings for 2016, which was released on Tuesday night.
Alabama opened up at No. 1 in the CFB Playoff Rankings, followed by Clemson at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and Texas A&M at No. 4.
The Tigers (8-0, 5-0) were ranked No. 1 in all six CFB Playoff Polls last year. Clemson is coming off a 37-34 victory at Florida State last Saturday after trailing by eight points at the end of the third quarter.
Clemson has defeated three-ranked teams this season in the CFB Playoff Rankings, including two on the road. The Tigers have wins over No. 9, Auburn, No. 7 Louisville and No. 22 Florida State.
Clemson and Michigan are the only teams with three wins over teams currently in the top 25 of the College Football Playoff Poll. The Tigers’ Auburn and Florida State wins came on the road. Clemson’s strength of schedule according to the NCAA, is ranked third in the nation.
Clemson is ranked third in the Associated Press Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll.
“We are proud to be ranked in the top four of first College Football Playoff Poll, but it really doesn’t matter much at this stage,” said Clemson head Coach Dabo Swinney. “We just need to take care of business and concentrate on winning on Saturday against Syracuse. The last poll in the month of November and the final poll after the conference championship games in December are the ones that matter most.”
Clemson was ranked No. 1 in all six College Football Playoff Polls last season when the Tigers ran to a 13-0 record over the regular season and the ACC Championship.
Clemson was seeded No. 1 for the College Football Playoff last year, and defeated No. 4 Oklahoma in the semifinals, 37-17, in the 2016 Orange Bowl.
Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of all 14 College Football Playoff Polls over the three years of the system.
College Football Playoff Rankings
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- Florida State
- Western Michigan
- Boise State
- Washington State