Four times in the 84-year history of The Associated Press college football poll, there has been a tie for No. 1, and not since Aug. 26, 2002. If a single voter who placed Clemson No. 1 and Alabama No. 2 on Sunday had instead flipped the Tigers and Crimson Tide, the Top 25 would have had tie No. 5.

Alas, a chance for an odd piece of poll history was missed. Clemson stayed No. 1 and Alabama stayed No. 2, but they were separated by a mere two points. Some voters dinged the Tigers for needing a full 60 minutes to put away Boston College on Saturday. Maybe a little harsh considering Clemson’s 18-point comeback was led by freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, making his first career start with star Trevor Lawrence out with COVID-19.

Lawrence will not play next week, either, when the Tigers go to No. 4 Notre Dame.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Georgia
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Florida
  9. BYU
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Miami
  12. Oregon
  13. Indiana
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Marshall
  17. Iowa State
  18. SMU
  19. Oklahoma
  20. USC
  21. Boise State
  22. Texas
  23. Michigan
  24. Auburn
  25. Liberty
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