Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the country, as it has been all year, after winning the national title last season. The Tigers looked pretty vulnerable this afternoon, while other teams near the top of the rankings, most notably Ohio State, have looked more impressive.
The Tigers went down to the wire with a rebuilding, if better than expected, North Carolina team in Chapel Hill. Down 21-20, Mack Brown elected to go for two and the win with just over a minute left, rather than kick an extra point and play for overtime.
The Tar Heels option play was sniffed out, and Clemson hung on for a one-point win on the road. The Tigers have plenty of good will behind them with two recent titles, but it is hard to argue that they've been the best team in the country so far.
Ohio State, currently ranked No. 5, has not had the same problem. OSU has been dominant against lesser competition throughout the season, and that has continued in a big way in Lincoln against 3-1 Nebraska.
If the Huskers are OSU's first big test, they've passed with flying colors through one half. Ryan Day's team is up 38-0.
The Clemson result and Ohio State's first-half dominance have some wondering if the Buckeyes should jump all the way up to No. 1:
It is rare to see a team jump all the way from No. 5 up to No. 1, barring some major upsets. It wouldn't shock to see Clemson drop down a bit though. Ohio State probably won't be the main benefactor if the Tigers do drop.
No. 2 Alabama gave up some points to Ole Miss, but largely cruised to a 59-31. Nos. 3 and 4, Georgia and LSU, were both on bye this weekend.
We'll find out how things shake out in the new polls tomorrow.