Clemson jumps to No. 4 in AP poll

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Clemson surged to its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll in 25 years after the Tigers won the biggest game of the opening weekend of the season.

Clemson is No. 4 in the first regular season Top 25, following its 38-35 victory against Georgia. The Tigers received one-first place vote and have their best showing in the poll since Sept. 12, 1988, when they were No. 3.

The Tigers are No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Georgia dropped to No. 11 in the AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll. South Carolina is No. 6 in both rankings.

Alabama remained No. 1 and receive 58 of 60 first-place votes in both polls.

TEXAS A&M: Johnny Manziel didn’t speak to the media until late November last year because of coach Kevin Sumlin’s ban on freshman talking to reporters.

Now he’s a sophomore and a Heisman Trophy winner and he’s once again being kept from the media.

Sumlin said it isn’t the right time for Manziel to talk, but that he will talk at some point this year.

“I think it’s important now based on where he is that his focus is to try to be our quarterback and a student athlete,” Sumlin said. “That’s his biggest challenge right now. (It’s) not his challenge to be here.”

Sumlin also brushed off the notion that Manziel disrespected him on Saturday by not responding when he talked to him following his fourth-quarter unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

“When he came off the field, I basically made two statements to him, neither one of which should he have responded to,” Sumlin said. “They weren’t questions. They were direct statements and I can’t repeat them right now. What’s amazing to me is the perception that he ignored me. The worst thing that could have happened was for him to reply based on what I told him.”

OHIO STATE: Cornerback Bradley Roby and running back Rod Smith return to the lineup this week after serving one-game suspensions.

Whether they start will be determined in the days leading up to Saturday’s game against San Diego State.

VANDERBILT: Jordan Matthews says he’s just fine and he never had any concussion symptoms.

The receiver said he vomited in last week’s season opener against Mississippi because he had been hit in the stomach.

TENNESSEE: Linebacker Curt Maggitt is getting closer to returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Maggitt worked out in full pads Tuesday and wasn’t wearing a green non-contact jersey.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones called it a “significant” step but added that he wouldn’t decide on the junior’s availability for Saturday’s game with Western Kentucky until seeing “how he progresses throughout the course of the week.”

ARKANSAS: The school says it won’t use a T-shirt launcher at War Memorial Stadium this weekend after a marketing intern was injured at Saturday’s game.

The school said a pneumatic launcher was lying on the artificial turf when it discharged Saturday. An intern was treated at a hospital and released.


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