Clemson ranked second in initial Coaches Poll


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Alabama and Clemson played for the National Championship last January in Phoenix and finished 1-2 in the final rankings. Those teams are 1-2 in the initial Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday.

Alabama was No. 1 in the preseason edition of the poll with 55 of 64 first-place votes and 1585 points in the rankings released Thursday, finishing ahead of Clemson and Oklahoma. Clemson received seven first place votes. Oklahoma did not receive a first-place vote, but No. 4 Florida State received one as did No. 10 Tennessee.

Ohio State rounded out the preseason top five.

Each voting coach submits his top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24 points and so on down to one point for 25th.

2016 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (55 first-place votes) - 1,585 points
2. Clemson (7) - 1,524
3. Oklahoma - 1,398
4. Florida State (1) - 1,351
5. Ohio State - 1,321
6. LSU - 1,241
7. Stanford - 1,149
8. Michigan - 1,062
9. Notre Dame - 1,034
10. Tennessee - 960
11. Michigan State - 901
12. Ole Miss - 792
13. Houston - 668
14. TCU - 649
15. Iowa - 579
16. Georgia - 525
17. USC - 468
18. Washington - 454
19. Oklahoma State - 426
20. North Carolina - 422
21. Baylor - 383
22. Oregon - 361
23. Louisville - 331
24. UCLA - 296
25. Florida - 245

Also receiving votes: Miami (Fla.) 120; Wisconsin 82; Utah 73; Boise State 73; Washington State 47; Texas A&M 37; Texas 34; Arkansas 34; Northwestern 31; Navy 30; Mississippi State 19; San Diego State 18; Nebraska 17; Auburn 17; Western Kentucky 11; Pittsburgh 8; Brigham Young 6; Appalachian State 4; Duke 3; Arizona 2; Marshall 2; Toledo 2; South Florida 2; Memphis 1; Indiana 1; Northern Illinois 1.

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