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2018 Schedule
7-0, 1st in ACC - Atlantic

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After Ohio State lost to Purdue, Notre Dame now has the best Strength of Record in the country. This is purely about accomplishment -- how difficult was it to achieve the record you have? Harder to go 7-1 with LSU's schedule than undefeated with Clemson or Alabama's so far.

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Clemson replaces OSU at No. 2; App St. ranked

Clemson is back at No. 2 behind top-ranked Alabama while Ohio State tumbled out of the top 10, and Appalachian State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time in school history.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

A loss to Purdue didn't eliminate the Buckeyes, but Ohio State's chance to reach the playoff dropped 47 percentage points. Meanwhile no one improved its playoff outlook yesterday more than Michigan, who is now the fourth-most likely team to reach the CFP.

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College Football Playoff picks after Week 8

With Ohio State's loss to Purdue, a spot has opened for a new contender. Our experts believe LSU has earned it with its win over Mississippi State.

Clemson dominates NC State (2:15)
1:03

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevor Lawrence talks about Clemson's 41-7 win over NC State.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Many wondered how big a challenge NC State would present to Clemson. It turns out not a big challenge at all. The way the rest of the schedule lays out, Clemson will be an overwhelming favorite from here on out to not only make it back to the ACC title game but the College Football Playoff as well.

Clemson pours it on with 2-yard TD run (0:28)
NC State gets on board with 9-yard TD run (0:33)
Etienne's third TD makes a Clemson milestone (0:34)
Clemson all over fake-punt attempt (0:48)
NC State dominated in first half vs. Clemson (2:10)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

As close as NC State was to upsetting Clemson the last few years, the opposite is unfolding today in Death Valley. Many wondered how strong the Wolfpack really were after starting 5-0 with no real wins of note. We have an idea now: the gap between the two division teams is still there, larger now, as the Tigers lead 24-0.

Tigers pick off Finley for 2nd time (0:39)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson receiver Tee Higgins had his way with the NC State secondary in the first half, catching seven passes for 111 yards and a score. Trevor Lawrence attempted 29 passes and threw for 244 yards, taking advantage of his passing opportunities with NC State focused on stopping the run.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

NC State has fought hard to close the gap on Clemson over the last few years, but the Wolfpack have been stymied at every turn in the first half. The Tigers have held the Wolfpack to 100 total yards, and Ryan Finley only has 58 yards passing and an interception. NC State, the national leader in third down conversions, is 1-of-6 so far.

Clemson creates INT for 2nd consecutive turnover (1:06)
Etienne goes untouched for 2nd TD run (0:34)
NC State hands it right back with fumble (0:37)
Clemson throws away points with premature slide, botched fake FG (1:05)
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Most important takeaway for each top 25 team

Alabama dominated again, while the Wolverines look like CFP contenders after taking down Michigan State. Ohio State? Not so much. What else have we learned in Week 8?

Lawrence goes for it all with 46-yard TD pass (0:33)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson has made a concerted effort to get its downfield passing game going against NC State. Trevor Lawrence has taken multiple deep shots and just connected with Tee Higgins on a 46-yard score. It's no secret Clemson wants more balance and so far it has done a good job with that today.

Team Stats

Passing Yards268.732nd
Rushing Yards253.710th
Points For42.012th
Points Against13.43rd