Clemson ranked in top 10 of USA Today Preseason Poll

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Clemson, SC—Clemson is ranked eighth in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll released on Thursday. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Clemson football program since 1988 when Clemson was fourth in the preseason for both the AP and Coaches (UPI at the time) polls.

Clemson is the highest ranked ACC team in the preseason poll. Florida State, a Clemson opponent at Death Valley on October 19, is ranked 12th.

This is the eighth time Clemson has been ranked in the top 10 of at least one preseason poll. The highest preseason ranking Clemson has had is number-four. Clemson was number-four by Associated Press in 1984 and fourth in 1988 by both polls.

This marks the 30th consecutive poll Clemson has been ranked in the top 25. The streak dates to early in the 2011 season. It is the third longest streak in Clemson history. Clemson is one of six schools that have been ranked in 30 consecutive polls, joining Alabama, LSU, Stanford, South Carolina and Oregon.

Clemson will open the season against fifth ranked Georgia at Death Valley. It will be the first time Clemson has opened a season at home against a top five ranked team. The previous high ranked team Clemson has faced at home in the opener is an 11th ranked Georgia team in 2003.

With Clemson’s number-eight ranking in the preseason of the USA Today poll, the Clemson vs. Georgia game will be the first opener in Clemson history in which both teams are ranked in the top 10. The previous closest was in 1982 when 11th ranked Clemson played at seventh ranked Georgia. Clemson and Georgia were the previous two national champions entering that game and the contest was played on ABC on Labor Day night in Athens.

At number-five, Georgia is the highest ranked team Clemson has faced in the opener at any site in 50 years. Clemson played at fourth ranked Oklahoma in 1963.

The Tigers will face three teams ranked in the top 12 of he preseason poll this year, fifth ranked Georgia on August 31 in the opener, 12th ranked Florida State on October 19 and seventh ranked South Carolina on November 30 in Columbia.

Clemson has six wins over top 25 teams over the last two years and three of the wins have been against SEC teams. Top 25 ranked SEC teams have lost just seven games to non-SEC teams over the last two years and three of the seven losses have been to Clemson.

This marks the second consecutive year Clemson has been ranked in the preseason top 25. The Tigers were 14th in both preseason polls last year. Clemson finished 11th in AP and ninth in USA Today last season.

1	  Alabama		13-1	1545	58	1
2	  Ohio St.		12-0	1427	3	NR
3	  Oregon		12-1	1397	0	2
4	  Stanford		12-2	1262	0	6
5	  Georgia		12-2	1250	0	4
6	  Texas A&M		11-2	1215	1	5
7	  South Carolina	11-2	1136	0	7
8	  Clemson		11-2	1047	0	9
9	  Louisville		11-2	1010	0	13
10	  Florida		11-2	930	0	10
11	  Notre Dame		12-1	872	0	3
12	  Florida St.		12-2	844	0	8
13	  LSU			10-3	797	0	12
14	  Oklahoma St.		8-5	726	0	NR
15	  Texas			9-4	622	0	18
16	  Oklahoma		10-3	620	0	15
17	  Michigan		8-5	589	0	NR
18	  Nebraska		10-4	426	0	23
19	  Boise St.		11-2	420	0	14
20	  TCU			7-6	400	0	NR
21	  UCLA			9-5	202	0	NR
22	  Northwestern		10-3	186	0	16
23	  Wisconsin		8-6	172	0	NR
24	  USC			7-6	165	0	NR
25	  Oregon St.		9-4	135	0	19

Schools Dropped Out
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).

Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.

List of Voters
The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 62 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2013 season: David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Bill Blankenship, Tulsa; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Larry Coker, Texas-San Antonio; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Ron English, Eastern Michigan; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Dennis Franchione, Texas State; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Todd Graham, Arizona State; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State; Bobby Hauck, UNLV; Mark Helfrich, Oregon; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Joey Jones, South Alabama; June Jones, Southern Methodist; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jerry Kill, Minnesota; Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech; Mike Leach, Washington State; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Bronco Mendenhall, Brigham Young; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Les Miles, LSU; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; George OLeary, Central Florida; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Don Treadwell, Miami (Ohio); Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati; Kyle Whittingham, Utah. AFCA policy bars schools under major NCAA or conference sanctions from receiving votes.

Clemson’s Preseason Poll History
Year AP USA/Coaches
1958 18 NP
1959 18 NP
1960 9 NP
1978 18 NP
1982 11 9
1984 4 8
1987 9 NP
1988 4 4
1989 12 NP
1990 10 NP
1991 9 NP
1992 13 NP
1993 23 NP
1994 25 24
1996 25 23
1997 20 21
2000 17 19
2001 19 18
2006 18 18
2009 9 9
2012 14 14
2013 TBA 8

NP denotes no poll

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Football Update: Clemson ranked in top 10 of USA Today Preseason Poll
TigerNet News
almost too bad it's a home game... a #5 defeat UGA,
Next year man!***
Re: almost too bad it's a home game... a #5 defeat UGA,***
I'll be glad to settle for a tombstone from SC.***
Re: Football Update: Clemson ranked in top 10 of USA Today Preseason Poll
and then 5th the next week when uga beats scar***
SCar #7
wonder what their rings will look like?***
On one side rings says " 7 is better than 5 "
Totally agree, the Spurrier lovefest continues! LMAO!
Re: Totally agree, the Spurrier lovefest continues! LMAO!
If you think they shouldn't be 7 then where do you think we
bob wants to know why not?***
Stay away from us pre-season hype. You dirty wh*re!!!***
Completely Solid Orange®
LOL @ A&M getting a 1st place vote***
Re: LOL @ A&M getting a 1st place vote***
Re: LOL @ A&M getting a 1st place vote***
sgt tiger®
This and a dollar will get you a sweet tea from McD's.***
Cant complain about this a bit. Should be a great postion
OH NO, that ain't right.
Surprised Miami isn't in there somewhere***
Re: Surprised Miami isn't in there somewhere***
5 sec teams in the top ten..
That doesn't really matter so long as they keep winning them

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