As we expected, although Clemson was #3 in both of this week's polls, the CFP Selection Committee determined that the Tigers' resume is more impressive than that of Michigan. Clemson has the #3 strength of schedule in the nation at this time. The Tigers' opponents are a combined 32-11. They are the only undefeated team in the nation with a top-10 strength of schedule.
The Tigers have won 25 of their last 26 games. They have the nation's longest active home win streak at 20 games and have won 22 straight regular season games. They have also won 13 consecutive road games and 14 consecutive ACC games. Both are school records.
The Tigers play a dangerous offense in Syracuse on Saturday in Death Valley on Military Appreciation Day. For a complete list of the CFP Top-25 Rankings and who each team has left on the schedule, click on the story below!
Alabama, who defeated Clemson in the National Championship Game last season 45-40, is rated first. Clemson, who enters this weekend’s game with Syracuse with an 8-0 record, is ranked second. Undefeated Michigan is third and Texas A&M is fourth. Undefeated Washington is fifth, Ohio State is sixth and Louisville is seventh. Wisconsin is ranked eighth, Auburn ninth and Nebraska 10th.
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 have beaten No 7 Louisville, No. 9 Auburn and No. 22 Florida State. The 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 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 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 and defeated Oklahoma in the semifinals 37-17 in the Orange Bowl. Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of all 14 College Football Playoff Polls over the three years of the system.