|Clemson ranked in Top 20 of AP Preseason Poll|
|by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:02 PM||
The preseason AP Poll that was released on Sunday afternoon has Clemson ranked #16th in the country. The Tigers were also ranked #16th in the earlier released USA Today Poll.
The ACC conference has three teams in the top 25: Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina. Florida State received 57 out of 60 1st place votes.
AP Poll: 1. Florida State 2. Alabama 3. Oregon 4. Oklahoma 5. Ohio State 6. Auburn 7. UCLA 8. Michigan State 9. South Carolina 10. Baylor— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 17, 2014
AP Poll: 11. Stanford 12. Georgia 13. LSU 14. Wisconsin 15. USC 16. Clemson 17. Notre Dame 18. Ole Miss 19. Arizona St 20. Kansas St— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 17, 2014
AP Poll: 21. Texas A&M 22. Nebraska 23. North Carolina 24. Missouri 25. Washington— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 17, 2014
Clemson,S.C. (CU SID)—Clemson was ranked 16th in the preseason Associated Press College Football Poll released on Sunday, August 17. The ranking matches Clemson’s number-16 ranking in the preseason USA Today poll released on July 31.
“I think it is a good place to start,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “With two of our first three games against top 12 teams on the road we will have a chance to improve on that (ranking) early in the season. We look at those games at Georgia and at Florida State as an opportunity, but we will obviously have to play well.”
Overall, Clemson has four games against teams ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 and three of those contests will be played before the end of September. In addition to games against #12 Georgia on August 30 and at #1 Florida State on September 20, the Tigers play host to #23 North Carolina on September 27, and #9 South Carolina on November 29.
This marks the third consecutive year Clemson has been ranked in the preseason top 16 of the Associated Press Poll. Clemson was 14th in the preseason for 2012 and eighth last year. Clemson finished 11th and eighth, respectively, according to AP each of the last two years. This is the first time Clemson has been ranked in the preseason for at least three consecutive years since a streak of eight years in a row from 1987-94.
Overall, this is the 23rd year Clemson has been ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll. The Tigers have gone on to finish in the top 25 of those seasons 13 times. But the Tigers have finished in the top 25 both times they have been ranked in the preseason under Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
Conversely, Clemson has ranked in the final top 25 nine seasons without a preseason top 25 ranking. Swinney’s teams have done that twice, in 2009 and 2011. Additionally, Clemson won the 1981 National Championship without a preseason top 20 ranking.
Sunday’s ranking marks the 47th consecutive poll Clemson has been ranked in the Associated Press top 25. The streak dates to early in the 2011 season. It is the second longest streak in Clemson history and three polls off the record of 50 in a row. Clemson is one of seven schools that has been ranked in 47 consecutive AP polls, joining Alabama, Oklahoma LSU, Stanford, South Carolina and Oregon.
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