BCS Rankings, Week 9: Clemson Rises To No. 5 In Latest Rankings

Clemson remains the ACC club with the best chance of making a BCS championship run. The Tigers rose to No. 5 in the latest BCS poll.

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BCS Rankings Week 9: Clemson Rises To No. 5, Remains ACC's Best Title Shot

If the ACC is to claim a BCS championship for the first time since Florida State in 1999, it'll have to rely on Clemson to do so. The Tigers are ranked fifth in the Week 9 BCS standings, trailing LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Boise State. Here is a full list of the Week 9 BCS standings.

The Tigers do not control their own destiny if they hope to make the BCS title game, but they do still have a chance. If they win out, their strength of schedule could propel them to the top against the winner of the LSU-Alabama showdown in two weeks. SB Nation's bowl projection expert Samuel Chi spells out how Clemson could move up.

Clemson, at No. 5, may be best positioned to make a move. The Tigers have a healthy computer rating (fourth overall), while their remaining schedule is both robust enough to maintain their strength-of-schedule rating and manageable enough that they should be favored to win each game. Clemson will remain ahead of both Stanford and Boise State in the computers if all three win out, so it'll just be a matter of not losing ground in the two human polls.

For now, Chi has Clemson projected to play in the Rose Bowl against Syracuse, the automatic qualifier from the Big East. However, Clemson is not out of the woods yet, with tough games at Georgia Tech next weekend and at South Carolina in the season finale on November 26.

For more on the Tigers, visit Shakin' the Southland.


BCS Rankings, Week 9: Clemson Tigers Climb Two Spots, Now Ranked No. 5

Clemson continued their high-scoring ways Saturday, blowing out the North Carolina Tar Heels 59-38, and the undefeated Tigers are now ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS Standings, two spots higher than last week. Clemson is one of only two ACC teams to make the Week 9 BCS Top 25 rankings. Virginia Tech, 30-14 victors over Boston College on Saturday, check in at No. 12, the same slot they a week ago.

The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide maintained the first and second positions, with Oklahoma State, Boise State and Clemson rounding out the Top 5.

Here are the complete Week 9 BCS Standings:

2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Boise State
5 Clemson
6 Stanford
7 Oregon
8 Kansas State
9 Oklahoma
10 Arkansas
11 Michigan State
12 Virginia Tech
13 South Carolina
14 Nebraska
15 Wisconsin
16 Texas A&M
17 Houston
18 Michigan
19 Penn State
20 Texas Tech
21 Arizona State
22 Georgia
23 Auburn
24 Texas
25 West Virginia

For more on the Week 9 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's comprehensive StoryStream.


Projecting The Week 9 BCS Rankings

A projection of the movement in the BCS standings to be released Sunday night.

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