BCS poll puts Tigers seventh

Clemson debuted at No. 7 in the first BCS standings, which were released one day after Saturday night’s 56-45 comeback victory over Maryland.

The Tigers (7-0) traded places with No. 8 Stanford, which is ranked seventh in the pools while Clemson remained at eighth.

The inaugural BCS standings of the season ranked SEC powers LSU and Alabama as Nos. 1 and 2. The two teams meet Nov. 5,  which could make room for other unbeaten teams to move up the standings.  But several unbeatens teams must fall for Clemson to climb into the top two, which play in the BCS title game.

Big 12 Conference rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are Nos. 3 and 4. Oklahoma closes the regular season at Oklahoma State on Dec. 3.

Boise State rounds out the top five, followed by Wisconsin, Clemson, Stanford, Arkansas and Oregon in the top 10.

South Carolina debuted at No. 14.

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