With their bye week, the Clemson Tigers rested this weekend and watched the rest of the country duke it out in college football. But there weren’t any major upsets, so the Tigers stayed at No. 7 in the AP Top 25 after Week 8. The poll, which included four ACC teams, was released Sunday.
The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Clemson. The Tigers were No. 2 in the poll heading into Week 7, but they suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 27-24, to the Syracuse Orange. That dropped Clemson to No. 7 in the poll last week.
Prior to that, the Tigers were one of the hottest teams in the nation, having started 6-0 for the third straight year. Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant didn’t play in the second half versus Syracuse after sustaining a concussion, but still, it was a tough loss for the defending national champions.
Clemson also came in at No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The reigning national champions opened the season at No. 5 in the preseason Top 25 poll, behind Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and USC.
Clemson jumped up two spots to No. 3 after beating Kent State 56-3 in the season opener and remained third after defeating Auburn 14-6 in Week 2.
The Tigers leaped over Oklahoma for the No. 2 spot, receiving 15 first-place votes, after taking down Louisville 47-21 on the road in Week 3. They followed up that victory with the win over Boston College.
Clemson will continue to regroup this week and prepare to face Georgia Tech at home on Saturday, Oct. 28.
2017 college football AP Top 25 after Week 8
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- N.C. State
- Washington State
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- Iowa State