Fresh off a thrilling win over fellow titan Louisville, the Clemson Tigers have moved up to #3 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. With that ranking, Clemson will now officially be the highest-ranked team to visit Alumni Stadium since 2003, when BC lost 33-14 to then-#2 Miami.
The second most recent top-3 matchup at Alumni Stadium came in 2001, when BC lost a heartbreaker to #1 Miami. Both #2 Michigan and #1 Miami visited Alumni Stadium in 1991.
A total of six ACC teams were ranked in the top 25 this week, matching the SEC’s total. Louisville fell to #7 after their loss to Clemson. Miami crept in to the top ten. UNC is at #17, FSU is clinging to ranked status at #23, and Virginia Tech made its debut in the polls this season, moving up to #25.
The Eagles’ last win over a ranked opponent came in a night game at Alumni Stadium - the memorable victory over #9 USC two seasons ago. If BC were to somehow pull off a victory over Clemson on Friday night, it would be even more improbable, and even more significant in BC history.