Clemson moves down in ESPN Power Rankings despite road win at Florida State
Apparently Clemson’s victory at Florida State wasn’t impressive enough to justify their previous spot in the ESPN Power Rankings.
Clemson defeated Florida State 34-28 to remain undefeated through seven games. However, ESPN dropped Clemson down one spot to No. 5. Ranked victories by Tennessee and Michigan propelled them past Clemson in the power rankings while Alabama fell as well.
However, ESPN’s Andrea Adelson believes Clemson (7-0, 5-0) is on the right track to emerge as the ACC’s champion and punch a playoff ticket:
A season that started with questions about DJ Uiagalelei and the Clemson offense has quickly turned into one that has proved coach Dabo Swinney right in his decision to stick with his quarterback. Uiagalelei has completely turned his game around — improving in every metric, from accuracy to passing yards to efficiency. He also has the ability to keep defenses off balance with his legs. Meanwhile, reliable players have emerged around him — from running back Will Shipley to freshman wide receiver Antonio Williams to tight end Jake Briningstool. Once again, Clemson hits the midseason mark as a legitimate playoff contender. — Andrea Adelson
The top five in order are Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, and Clemson.
Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei completed 15 of his 23 passes for 203 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the Tigers topped the Seminoles for the seventh straight time. Clemson running back Will Shipley rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries.
Clemson won despite Florida State having 90 more total yards and five fewer penalties.
It’ll be a showdown of undefeated ACC teams next Saturday when Clemson hosts Syracuse (6-0, 3-0). The kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET and will be televised on ABC.