Clemson 7th, USC 14th In BCS Standings
(WOLO) — The BCS poll is finally out, and tonight the Clemson Tigers (7-0 Overall, 4-0 ACC) found themselves ranked seventh in the initial standings. It ties the highest mark Clemson has ever been ranked in the BCS. The last time the Tigers were ranked this high was October of 2000. “It‘s all irrelevant,“ Swinney said today in his teleconference. “That is just stuff for people to talk about and listen on the radio shows. You can fall a lot faster than you can climb. It doesn‘t mean much until December.” This all coming after Clemson‘s 56-45 thrilling victory on Saturday night at Maryland. The Tigers were down by 18 at two different points in the game as the win marked the second biggest comeback in school history. The largest come-from-behind effort was in 1992 at Virginia. Clemson scored the final 29 points in a 29-28 victory. “We got in a hole out of the gate,” Swinney said. “We really threw gasoline on the flame and made it a bonfire. I don‘t remember being a part of many games where you give up that many points and find a way to win. It shows a lot of heart of our team.” Additional buzz from the Tigers win over the Terps was the performance of freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins who caught two touchdown passes, returned an 89 yard kick-off for a score, and finished the game with the fourth most all-purpose yards in ACC history with 345. National media eyes will most likely start paying more attention to this Tiger standout with five regular season games remaining, but Swinney stated today in his teleconference there is no Heisman campaign for his star wideout. As far as injuries, Swinney was pleased there were no major injures to report and everyone should be ready to play next week vs. North Carolina. But on the topic of injuries, Swinney touched on South Carolina sophomore running back, Marcus Lattimore, who Swinney recruited to play at Clemson. Lattimore tore a ligament in his left knee Saturday at Mississippi State and is out for the season. “He is one of those guys that did things the right way, and it‘s really sad.” said Swinney. “My thoughts and prayers go out to him. I know he‘ll work hard and do what trainers and doctors tell him to do and know he‘ll come back as good as ever.” The ACC also announced today that next week‘s game against North Carolina will be a noon kickoff. The game will be televised by ESPN.