Clemson Football makes Top 25 in final poll


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Clemson, SC—Clemson finished 24th in the final AP college football poll released on Friday. The Tigers were 30th in poll points entering the bowl season, but jumped six spots after defeating Kentucky in the Music City Bowl, 21-13, on December 27.

“After a 2-3 start, finishing in the top 25 is a great accomplishment for this team and it showed the team’s character throughout the season,” said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “There were a lot of questions about out team entering the season with a new head coach, a first-year offensive coordinator, two new safeties on defense, and a new quarterback to lead the offense.

“Winning the Atlantic Division for the first time, winning a bowl game and finishing in the top 25 are all accomplishments that have set a good foundation. It gives us something to build on.”

Swinney was one of just two coaches in his first full season with a program to take his team to a top 25 final ranking. Chip Kelly of Oregon, who led the Ducks to a number 11 final AP ranking, was the only other first-year coach to do it this year. Swinney was the only first year coach in the nation to take his program to a final top 25 finish without a preseason ranking.

Swinney is the third Clemson coach in history to lead the Tigers to a top 25 finish in his first full season. Charley Pell did in 1977 when he led Clemson to a 19th place finish in the final AP poll, and Ken Hatfield did it in 1990 when the Tigers finished ninth in the final AP poll.

It marked the fifth time this decade that Clemson finished in the final top 25, tied for the 18th highest figure in the nation. It was the fourth time the program finished in the AP top 25 this decade without a preseason top 25 ranking. It marked the fourth straight odd numbered year that Clemson started the year unranked, but finished in the top 25. Only Boise State has accomplished that feat more than Clemson this decade, as the Broncos have done it five times. Boston College and Oregon State have also done it four times.

Overall, it was the eighth time in history that Clemson finished in the final top 25 without a preseason ranking. The other years were 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Joining Clemson as teams that finished in the top 25 this year without a preseason ranking were Cincinnati (8th), Pittsburgh (15th), Wisconsin (16th), Miami (19th), Texas Tech (21st), Central Michigan (23rd) and West Virginia (25th).

The importance of the bowl season on the final rankings was shown when comparing Clemson and West Virginia. Clemson was 30th in poll points and West Virginia was 18th in the rankings entering the bowl games, but Clemson finished ahead of the Mountaineers in the final rankings.

Northwestern, Houston, East Carolina, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Stanford, West Virginia and Oregon State were all ranked ahead of Clemson in the pre-bowl poll, but the Tigers jumped ahead of those schools in the final rankings.

Overall, this is the 25th season Clemson has finished in the top 25.


The Associated Press Top 25 Poll
Rk Team 	Rec  Votes Previous 
1 Alabama (60) 	14-0 1,500 1 
2 Texas 	13-1 1,399 2 
3 Florida 	13-1 1,370 5 
4 Boise State 	14-0 1,366 6 
5 Ohio State 	11-2 1,224 8 
6 TCU 		12-1 1,163 3 
7 Iowa 		11-2 1,126 10 
8 Cincinnati 	12-1 1,060 4 
9 Penn State 	11-2 1,016 11 
10 Va Tech 	10-3 953   12 
11 Oregon 	10-3 886   7 
12 BYU 		11-2 806   15 
13 Ga Tech 	11-3 768   9 
14 Nebraska 	10-4 724   20 
15 Pittsburgh 	10-3 697   17 
16 Wisconsin 	10-3 571   24 
17 LSU 		9-4  501   13 
18 Utah 	10-3 491   23 
19 Miami (FL) 	9-4  310   14 
20 Mississippi 	9-4  296   NR 
21 Texas Tech 	9-4  224   NR 
22 USC 		9-4  216   NR 
23 Cen Michigan 12-2 166   25 
24 Clemson 	9-5  125   NR 
25 W Virginia 	9-4  91    18 


Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma 90, Oregon State 89, Navy 85, Stanford 67, Oklahoma State 40, Rutgers 37, Auburn 8, Georgia 7, Florida State 6, Arizona 5, Connecticut 5, Middle Tennessee State 4, Arkansas 3, Air Force 3


Division I-A Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Rk Team         Rec  Votes Previous 
1 Alabama (58) 	14-0 1,450 1 
2 Texas 	13-1 1,360 2 
3 Florida 	13-1 1,323 5 
4 Boise State 	14-0 1,312 6 
5 Ohio State 	11-2 1,190 8 
6 TCU 		12-1 1,104 3 
7 Iowa 		11-2 1,087 11 
8 Penn State 	11-2 1,071 9 
9 Cincinnati 	12-1 943   4 
10 Va Tech 	10-3 940   12 
11 Oregon 	10-3 846   7 
12 BYU 		11-2 814   14 
13 Georgia Tech 11-3 741   10 
14 Nebraska 	10-4 671   19 
15 Pittsburgh 	10-3 667   16 
16 Wisconsin 	10-3 587   22 
17 LSU 		9-4  530   13 
18 Utah 	10-3 466   24 
19 Miami (FL) 	9-4  336   15 
20 USC 		9-4  217   NR 
21 Mississippi 	9-4  192   NR 
22 W Virginia 	9-4  159   17 
23 Texas Tech 	9-4  152   NR 
24 Cen Michigan 12-2 123   NR 
25 Oklahoma St 	9-4  92    18 


Others Receiving Votes: Navy 89, Oregon State 78, Clemson 75, Oklahoma 67, Stanford 49, Auburn 17, Georgia 13, Houston 12, Middle Tennessee State 12, Arizona 11, Arkansas 10, Connecticut 10, Florida State 9, Rutgers 7, Air Force 7, Northwestern 6, East Carolina 4, Southern Methodist 1

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Subject (Replies: 30) Author
Clemson Football makes Top 25 in final poll
Crump®
i love odd numbered years***
poppatiger
It certainly was an odd year!***
Razzmatazz
In other news coots finish in top 25 by association
jgtiger
I guess we'll finished unranked next year. Great.
DefensiveTackleU
SEC - 4 teams, ACC 4 teams***
BP1999
ACC ACC ACC ACC
jgtiger
and i wanna be famous, and i wanna be famous***
poppatiger
Only 5 loss team in the Top 25....RESPECT!***
solafide_tiger®
Re: Only 5 loss team in the Top 25....RESPECT!***
palmettoson
helps that 2 losses to #13 and 1 loss is to #6
jgtiger
Great. Here comes the preseason hype again. I hope Dabo
attheesso®
well if you want to be good at some point you have to learn
jgtiger
Actually I think the media will play us down again next
He Hate Me
That's nice and all, but
grover173
What it means is that we are better than about...
Smplman®
I disagree any team ranked outside of #17 Sucks***
morbidtiger®
nah - 16 is the #.***
tigertrain
I guess you'd rather be unranked and hang you hat w/Alabama?***
Cdixon11
How can we be above USuC when they beat us
CUTiger1989®
feel bad for boise..undefeated and ranked 4th,,,
tgrfan42069
Re: feel bad for boise..undefeated and ranked 4th,,,
ikemoney
Re: feel bad for boise..undefeated and ranked 4th,,,
dadgumninja
Boise State is so overrated.
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson Football makes Top 25 in final poll
dadgumninja
Re: Clemson Football makes Top 25 in final poll/// Go and
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Clemson Football makes Top 25 in final poll/// Go and
dadgumninja
2 Degrees Means Nothing!
cweeks4475
Re: 2 Degrees Means Nothing!
dadgumninja
In case you missed it...
hunter61
Funny that VT is higher than GT. Miami higher than Clemson.***
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