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Clemson University’s football team has leapfrogged its in-state arch-rival in the latest USA Today/ Coaches’ poll.

The Tigers – who began the season ranked No. 8 – climbed to No. 5 in the coaches’ poll on the strength of their big season-opening win over Georgia. The latest Associated Press poll has the Tigers ranked even higher – fourth in the country.

Both spots are ahead of the University of South Carolina – which¬†climbed from No. 7 to No. 6 in the nation in the coaches’ poll after defeating North Carolina last Thursday. Head coach Steve Spurrier’s team remained at No. 6 in the Associated Press poll.

Obviously the poll that matters – the first Bowl Championship Series ranking – comes out later this season (October 13, to be precise).

Anyway, here’s the complete coaches’ poll …

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1. Alabama (58) 1-0, 1545
2. Ohio State (3) 1-0, 1444
3. Oregon 1-0, 1420
4. Stanford 0-0, 1292
5. Clemson 1-0, 1275
6. South Carolina 1-0, 1220
7. Texas A&M (1) 1-0, 1181
8. Louisville 1-0, 1051
9. Florida 1-0, 974
10. Florida State 1-0, 946
11. LSU 1-0, 926
12. Georgia 0-1, 875
13. Notre Dame 1-0, 840
14. Oklahoma State 1-0, 798
15. Oklahoma 1-0, 666
16. Texas 1-0, 660
17. Michigan 1-0, 623
18. UCLA 1-0, 368
19. Nebraska 1-0, 357
20. Northwestern 1-0, 348
21. Wisconsin 1-0, 301
22. USC 1-0, 176
23. Washington 1-0, 145
24. Miami (FL) 1-0, 140
24. TCU 0-1, 140

Dropped from rankings: Boise State 19, Oregon State 25

Others receiving votes: Baylor 125, Michigan State 67, Ole Miss 54, Fresno State 46, Northern Illinois 31, Arizona State 28, Cincinnati 19, Arkansas 12, San Jose State 12, Georgia Tech 10, Arizona 7, Boise State 5, Virginia Tech 5, Central Florida 4, Texas Tech 3, Arkansas State 3, Kansas State 3, East Carolina 1, Bowling Green 1, Utah State 1, Missouri 1, North Carolina 1.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography