Tigers leap into BCS Top 5

Clemson jumped two spots into the Top 5 of the latest BCS standings, which were released Sunday.

The 8-0 Tigers, who routed North Carolina 59-38 on Saturday, took advantage of two upsets of teams that were previously ranked ahead of them. No. 3 Oklahoma was knocked off by Texas Tech and No. 5 Wisconsin fell to Michigan State.

That opened the door for Clemson, which is off to its best start since 2000 and seeking its first (and only) national championship since 1981.

SEC powerhouses LSU and Alabama continued to hold down the top two spots in the BCS. The two teams will meet on Nov. 5, possibly opening the door for more movement up the standings.

Oklahoma State moved up to No. 3. The Cowboys will face rival Oklahoma in the regular-season finale for both teams. Also-undefeated Boise State moved up to No. 4 while Clemson edged Stanford for the No. 5 spot.

The Tigers face Georgia Tech next week and should be able to run the table going into the regular-season finale against South Carolina. If so, the Tigers must play in the ACC Championship Game to earn their first-ever invitation to a BCS bowl game.

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