Tigers Fall in Football Polls


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CLEMSON -- Clemson is ranked 22nd by the Associated Press and USA Today. The Tigers were not ranked in the preseason, but moved into the top 25 after defeating 19th ranked Florida State. Clemson moved into the USA Today Poll after beating Louisiana Monroe and was ranked 20th in both polls after that game. This marks the second time in the last three years that Clemson was not ranked in the AP preseason poll, then defeated a top 25 team in the season opener to move into the top 25 by the second week. In 2005, Clemson defeated 17th ranked Texas A&M in the season opener 25-24, then moved into the poll the following week at number 25 in the AP poll.


Clemson was ranked in the preseason of the AP poll in 2006 and reached a high of number-10 in the nation after a 7-1 start. Tommy Bowden's team was ranked in the top 25 in the nation 11 weeks during the 2006 season.


Clemson had last appeared in the top 25 prior to this year on November 19, 2006 prior to the September 4, 2007 ranking. Clemson's highest ranking under Tommy Bowden is a number four national ranking in the USA Today poll on October 22, 2000.


This is the sixth season in Tommy Bowden's nine years that Clemson has been ranked at least once in the top 25 of one of the polls. Clemson was ranked in all 17 polls in 2000, and was also ranked in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and now 2007. Clemson was not ranked the entire year until the final poll in 2003, the only season in Clemson history that has happened.


Clemson has been ranked in the final top 25 three times in Bowden's career, 2000, 2003 and 2005. In 2003 and 2005 Clemson was not ranked in the preseason, but was ranked in the final poll. Clemson has been ranked in the top 25 of each poll (but not necessarily at the same time) 47 weeks under Bowden.


AP Top 25

RK TEAM 		REC PTS LAST 
1 LSU  (33)  		5-0 1593 2 
2 Southern Cal  (32)  	4-0 1591 1 
3 California  		5-0 1475 6 
4 Ohio St.  		5-0 1420 8 
5 Wisconsin  		5-0 1271 9 
6 South Florida  	4-0 1203 18 
7 Boston College  	5-0 1172 12 
8 Kentucky  		5-0 1143 14 
9 Florida  		4-1 1031 4 
10 Oklahoma  		4-1 992  3 
11 South Carolina  	4-1 900  16 
12 Georgia  		4-1 885  15 
13 West Virginia  	4-1 861  5 
14 Oregon  		4-1 837  11 
15 Virginia Tech  	4-1 639  17 
16 Hawaii  		5-0 586  19 
17 Missouri  		4-0 561  20 
18 Arizona St.  	5-0 497  23 
19 Texas  		4-1 449  7 
20 Cincinnati  		5-0 377  24 
21 Rutgers  		3-1 299  10 
22 Clemson  		4-1 265  13 
23 Purdue  		5-0 218  NR 
24 Kansas St.  		3-1 214  NR 
25 Nebraska  		4-1 198  25 


Others receiving votes: Florida St. 101, Miami 83, Illinois 59, Auburn 52, UCLA 49, Texas A&M 29, Michigan St. 16, Michigan 15, Connecticut 9, Alabama 6, Arkansas 5, Colorado 5, UCF 5, Penn St. 4, Boise St. 3, Kansas 3, Virginia 3, Washington 1.


USA Today Top 25

RK TEAM 		REC PTS LAST 
1. So California (45) 	4-0 1,483 1 
2. LSU (14)  		5-0 1,454 2 
3. California 		5-0 1,363 6 
4. Ohio State(1) 	5-0 1,313 8 
5. Wisconsin  		5-0 1,251 9 
6. Boston College 	5-0 1138 11 
7. Florida  		4-1 1,000 3 
8. Kentucky 		5-0 971 15 
9. South Florida 	4-0 960 18 
10. Oklahoma  		4-1 925 4 
11. Georgia 		4-1 758 16 
12. West Virginia 	4-1 756 5 
13. Oregon 		4-1 697 12 
14. Virginia Tech 	4-1 661 14 
15. Hawaii 		5-0 585 17 
16. Texas 		4-1 573 7 
17. Missouri 		4-0 532 20 
18. South Carolina 	4-1 529 21 
19. Arizona State 	5-0 466 25(tie) 
20. Purdue 		5-0 423 25(tie) 
21. Rutgers 		3-1 347 10 
22. Clemson 		4-1 278 13 
23. Nebraska 		4-1 261 22 
24. Cincinnati 		5-0 249 NR 
25. UCLA 		4-1 79 NR 


Dropped out: No. 19 Penn State (3-2, lost to Illinois 27-20), No. 23 Michigan State (4-1, lost to then-No. 9 Wisconsin 37-34), No. 24 Alabama (3-2, lost to Florida State 21-14).


Others receiving votes: Miami (Fla.) (4-1) 68; Michigan State (4-1) 63; Kansas (4-0) 48; Florida State (3-1) 46; Auburn (3-2) 42; Kansas State (3-1) 33; Boise State (3-1) 25; Connecticut (5-0) 23; Illinois (4-1) 21; Tennessee (2-2) 17; Virginia (4-1) 15; Penn State (3-2) 12; Michigan (3-2) 10; Texas A&M (4-1) 10; Alabama (3-2) 5; Colorado (3-2) 3; Georgia Tech (3-2) 3; Central Florida (3-1) 1; Indiana (4-1) 1; Wake Forest (2-2) 1; Wyoming (3-1) 1.

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