AP Top 25: Clemson remains overwhelming No. 1 over Alabama

Clemson simply held off Alabama to retain the No. 1 spot in The Related Press university soccer ballot, extending its longest run atop the ballot to seven weeks

Clemson simply held off Alabama on Sunday to retain the No. 1 spot in The Related Press university soccer ballot, extending its longest run atop the ballot to seven weeks.

The Purple Tide ran clear of Georgia on Saturday night time to make the case to be No. 1, however it wasn’t sufficient to topple the Tigers.

Clemson defended its turf with a historical blowout towards Georgia Tech. The 66-point rout was once the most important ever in an Atlantic Coast Convention soccer recreation. Clemson gained 54 first-place votes out of 62 from the panel of sports activities writers and broadcasters.

The Purple Tide were given the remainder 8 first-place votes. Notre Dame moved as much as a season-high No. three, No. Four Georgia dropped one spot and Ohio State moved as much as No. five every week prior to the Large Ten begins enjoying.

Clemson has been No. 1 for the reason that preseason. The Tigers had been top-ranked 23 occasions in class historical past however by no means greater than 5 occasions in a season prior to this yr.

North Carolina took a large fall, losing 9 spots to No. 14 after dropping at Florida State.

Oklahoma State is No. 6, with Texas A&M, Penn State, Cincinnati and Florida rounding out the highest 10.

POLL POINTS

In terms of successful video games towards ranked groups, Alabama trainer Nick Saban is the most productive ever.

Even prior to beating Georgia, Saban held the file for many victories towards AP top-five groups (now 25) and top-10 groups (now 42). Saban’s newest victory was once his 86th, tying Penn State’s Joe Paterno for essentially the most of all time.

Saban has benefitted from having his training occupation come at a time when the ratings prolong to 25 groups, versus 20, which was once the case for the entrance finish of Paterno’s 46-year occupation. The typical selection of video games performed in a faculty soccer season may be longer now than ever prior to.

But it surely took Saban best 25 seasons and 318 overall video games to check what Paterno did in 548 video games. It may well be some time prior to Saban will get an opportunity to wreck the tie. Alabama does no longer lately have some other ranked crew left on its agenda.

MOVING IN

Unbeaten Coastal Carolina is ranked for the primary time in this system’s brief historical past. The Chanticleers from Conway, South Carolina, joined the FBS in 2017.

They beat Solar Belt rival Louisiana-Lafayette remaining Wednesday to reinforce to Four-Zero. The loss knocked the Ragin’ Cajuns out of the Most sensible 25, however it nonetheless has been a banner yr for the Solar Belt. The convention has had 3 of its groups ranked at one level or some other. By no means prior to had a couple of Solar Belt crew been ranked in any season.

— No. 22 Marshall moved again into the ratings. The unbeaten Thundering Herd had been ranked in September, were given bumped via the go back of Large Ten and %-12 groups however have performed their long ago in.

— No. 23 North Carolina State is ranked for the primary time since 2018.

MOVING OUT

Becoming a member of Louisiana-Lafayette in falling from the ratings had been two SEC groups. Auburn and Tennessee each suffered a 2d lack of the season and dropped from the Most sensible 25 for the primary time.

CONFERENCE CALL

ACC — 6 (Nos. 1, three, 11, 14(t), 19, 23).

Large Ten — five (Nos. five, eight, 14(t), 18, 21).

SEC — Four (Nos. 2, Four, 7, 10).

Large 12 — three (Nos. 6, 17, 20).

%-12 — 2 (Nos. 13, 24).

American — 2 (Nos. nine, 16).

Convention USA — 1 (No. 22).

Solar Belt — 1 (No. 25).

Impartial — 1 (No. 12).

RANKED vs. RANKED

— No. 23 North Carolina State at No. 14 North Carolina. The primary time since 1993, and simply the 3rd time ever, the Analysis Triangle opponents will each be ranked once they meet.

— No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State. Two of the 3 Large 12 groups that don’t have already got a convention loss.

— No. 18 Michigan at No. 21 Minnesota. Season opens for the Large Ten with the combat for the Little Brown Jug.

— No. nine Cincinnati at No. 16 SMU. The AAC’s final unbeatens sq. off — confidently. Cincinnati’s recreation remaining week needed to be postponed as a result of sure COVID-19 exams inside the program.

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