Clemson Tigers wide receiver Stanton Seckinger (81) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 38-35 (Joshua S. Kelly, USA TODAY Sports)
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The first marquee showdown of the 2013 college football season lived up to its billing, and its winner was rewarded with a top-five spot in the new USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll on Tuesday.
COACHES POLL: Full updated top 25 rankings
Clemson's 38-35 home victory against Georgia helped the Tigers vault into the No. 5 position that had been occupied by the Bulldogs. It is Clemson's first top-five appearance since October of 2000 when it held the No.4 spot.
The top four teams remained the same with Alabama holding steady at No. 1. The Crimson Tide retained all 58 of the No.1 votes they received in preseason balloting after a 35-10 win against Virginia Tech in Atlanta.
Second-ranked Ohio State maintained three No. 1 votes.
South Carolina remains ranked 6th in both the AP and Coaches polls, while the BCS and Harris polls have them at 10th.
Oregon stayed put at No.3 after an easy tune-up against FCS member Nicholls State.
Stanford, the only top 25 team not in action on opening weekend, remained fourth.
Texas A&M retained the 62nd and final first-place vote, but the Aggies were leapfrogged by both Clemson and South Carolina and slid a notch to No. 7. Sunshine State rivals Florida and Florida State round out the top 10.