KANSAS, Sporting Alert – Clemson University continues to be the No. 1 team in the ESPN NCAA College Football Power Rankings for Week 11, released this past weekend.
The Tigers extended its unbeaten streak to 9-0 this season with a battling 23-13 victory over Florida State on Saturday.
With the home victory over FSU at the weekend, the men in Orange also raced to the pole position in the AP Top 25 College Football Rankings, while collecting 321 points in the College Football Power Rankings this week.
Clemson, which is 9-0 for the first time in 34 years, when the team went on to win the national championship, has now clinched the ACC Atlantic Division and is ready to build on this success as they seek another title.
After keeping Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette quiet throughout the entire night and dominated LSU 30-16 in the highlighted Week 10 college football game, Alabama vaulted five places to move into the top 4.
In Fact, the Crimson Tide (8-1) are No. 2 this week with 306 points, and they are almost certain to stay in the College Football Playoff Rankings top four when the second poll comes out on Tuesday.
Derrick Henry, who stole the show from Fournette on Saturday, ran for a career-high 210 yards and three touchdowns to put his name higher on the list in the race for the Heisman Trophy.
Defending champion Ohio State (9-0) slipped one spot to No. 3 this week, as quarterback Cardale Jones failed to impress at leading the offense.
J.T. Barrett is set to be inserted back in the lineup for the Illinois game this week, after serving his one-game ban for being cited for driving while intoxicated, and the Buckeyes is a much better team when he’s involved.
Baylor (8-0) stood at No. 4, but Notre Dame (8-1) climbed four spots to No. 5.
Oklahoma State (9-0) dismantled the previously undefeated TCU 49-29 in a vital Big 12 battle on Saturday and was rewarded with a six slot rise.
The Cowboys, who are making College Football Playoff noise at the moment, soared six places – the highest of any team in this week’s poll – to No. 6.
But only time will tell if they have done enough to break into the CFP top four or even the top six this week.
Meanwhile, after the 45-20 hammering by Navy at the weekend, Memphis, which suffered its first loss of the season, were the biggest dropper in the ESPN NCAA College Football Power Rankings for Week 11.
Elsewhere, Iowa (9-0) which quietly continues to stay unbeaten, is up four places to No. 7, with Stanford (8-1), LSU (7-1) and Oklahoma (8-1) completing the top 10.
In other notable places, TCU (8-1) slipped eight spots to No. 13, Michigan State (8-1), which suffered its first loss of the term against Nebraska, also dipped eight places to No. 14, but there was an upward movement for North Carolina (8-1), which climbed four places to No. 18.
ESPN NCAA College Football Power Rankings
Week 11 Release
1 Clemson 9-0 321
2 Alabama 8-1 306
3 Ohio State 9-0 305
4 Baylor 8-0 274
5 Notre Dame 8-1 270
6 Oklahoma State 9-0 261
7 Iowa 9-0 240
8 Stanford 8-1 238
9 LSU 7-1 233
10 Oklahoma 8-1 199
11 Florida 8-1 192
12 Utah 8-1 186
13 TCU 8-1 173
14 Michigan State 8-1 158
15 Michigan 7-2 130
16 Houston 9-0 110
17 Florida State 7-2 108
18 North Carolina 8-1 102
19 Temple 8-1 82
20 UCLA 7-2 77
21 Navy 7-1 67
22 Northwestern 7-2 58
23 Mississippi State 7-2 47
24 Wisconsin 8-2 29
25 Memphis 8-1 21
Others receiving votes: USC (13), Toledo (9), Texas A&M (5), Washington State (3), Ole Miss (3), Penn State (2), Oregon (2), BYU (1)