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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson is tackled by the Clemson defense during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The crunching hits, game-changing interceptions and dominating defense is the same for No. 1 Clemson. It's just the names that change from year to year. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

No. 1 Clemson has new faces on defense and still dominating

Oct. 20, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

Clemson once again has a dominating defense that delivers crunching hits and game-changing interceptions that has helped the Tigers ascend to the top of college football. That seems to be an annual summary of Clemson, it's just the names that change from year to year. Despite losing six starters on defense from...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. Georgia Tech will play at home against the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in 40 years when No. 1 Clemson, let by the high-profile tandem of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, puts its perfect record on the line on Saturday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Clemson poised for long stay at 1

Oct. 19, 2020 2:51 AM EDT

The biggest news in the latest Associated Press college football poll was what didn't change. Clemson remained No. 1 in the Top 25 on Sunday, overwhelmingly ahead of No. 2 Alabama. The Tigers received 54 first-place votes to the Crimson Tide's eight. Considering the Tigers spent Saturday beating Georgia Tech by...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. Georgia Tech will play at home against the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in 40 years when No. 1 Clemson, let by the high-profile tandem of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne, puts its perfect record on the line on Saturday, Oct. 17. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

No. 1 Clemson provides measuring stick for rebuilding Tech

Oct. 15, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech couldn't ask for a better opportunity to show how far the program has come in coach Geoff Collins' second season. The Yellow Jackets also couldn't ask for a more daunting challenge. Georgia Tech will play at home against the nation's top-ranked team for the first time in 40...

FILE - At left, in a Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Travis Etienne runs out of the backfield to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Clemson, S.C. At right, in a Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence rushes on a quarterback keeper during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne love competing on the same side with the top-ranked Tigers. If they keep playing as they have, they may be competing against each other for college football's biggest individual prize, the Heisman Trophy. (AP Photo/Richsard Shiro, File)

Clemson duo of QB Lawrence, RB Etienne in line for Heisman

Oct. 13, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne are doing their best to complement each other as teammates as they trample opponents. They're also giving Heisman Trophy voters plenty to think about down the road. “There's not two better football players in the country than...

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Miller Forristall (87) as Mississippi linebacker Daylen Gill (14) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Can 2 vs. 3 be Game of the Century?

Oct. 12, 2020 2:38 AM EDT

If a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup can be a Game of the Century, this might be it. No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 3 Georgia on Saturday after the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs held their spots behind No. 1 Clemson in the latest AP Top 25. The Tigers received 59 first-place votes, but don't be surprised if that changes...

No. 1 Clemson brushes off latest ACC challenger for the top

Oct. 11, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has seen this so many times before: A rising, well-hyped Atlantic Coast Conference challenger eager for the chance to take down the top-rated Tigers. He's also familiar with how these matchups typically turn out. It happened once more Saturday night with...

Who's Boss? No. 1 Clemson powers past No. 7 Miami 42-17

Oct. 11, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence is fired up — and that usually means great things for No. 1 Clemson. Lawrence threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers turned another supposed Atlantic Coast Conference showdown into a blowout with a 42-17 victory over seventh-ranked Miami on...

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Orgeron star-turn could be short-lived

Oct. 11, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

The comment from LSU coach Ed Orgeron understandably drew a fair amount of attention. A little more than a week before the start of the Southeastern Conference season, Orgeron was talking about his new defensive coordinator, former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. “We are so much better on defense right now than...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. Lawrence is on a streak of 314 pass attempts without an interception, a run dating back to last Oct. 19 when he was picked off twice at Louisville in Clemson's 45-10 victory. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

No. 7 Miami look to regain "The U" swagger at No. 1 Clemson

Oct. 8, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

No. 7 Miami (3-0, 2-0 ACC) at No. 1 Clemson (3-0, 2-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC). Line: Clemson by 14. Series record: Miami leads 6-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Miami's latest chance at proving it's close to championship past. The Hurricanes, expected to be a power player when they came to the ACC 16 years...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. Lawrence is on a streak of 314 pass attempts without an interception, a run dating back to last Oct. 19 when he was picked off twice at Louisville in Clemson's 45-10 victory. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Top-ranked Clemson, No. 7 Miami face off in ACC showdown

Oct. 8, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

Miami coach Manny Diaz wants big games like the Hurricanes-Clemson matchup to be much more commonplace. The seventh-ranked Hurricanes (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) can take a step in bringing back the dominance of “The U” when they play the No. 1 Tigers (3-0, 2-0) on Saturday night. The...