Clemson (7-1), looking to make its sixth consecutive trip to the four-team playoff, checked in at no. 3 when the first College Football Playoff rankings of 2020 were revealed, Tuesday. The Tigers find themselves in position to compete for another national title despite a loss to Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind., three weeks ago. If the Irish and Clemson continue to win, it will set up a rematch in Charlotte with the ACC Championship and a likely College Football Playoff berth on the line.
Coastal Carolina made its first appearance in the rankings after its win over Appalachian State, Saturday, ran the Chanticleers record to 8-0.