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Clemson finishes season in top 10 for the first time since 1990


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Clemson, SC—Clemson finished ninth in the final USA Today poll and 11th in the final Associated Press poll according to the polls released on Tuesday morning. It is the first time since the 1990 season that Clemson has finished in the top 10 in either of the two polls.

Clemson was ranked 13th by USA Today and 14th by AP entering the bowl season. But the Tigers defeated LSU, then ranked seventh by USA Today and ninth by AP entering the bowl season, by a 25-24 score in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31. It was the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated in a bowl game since the 2003 season when the Tigers defeated sixth ranked Tennessee in the same bowl, 27-14.

Clemson was ranked in every poll this year and has a streak of 29 consecutive polls being ranked, the third longest streak in school history. This is the first time since the 2000 season and just the fourth time in history that Clemson was ranked in the top 25 of every poll during the season.

Clemson was last ranked in the top 10 in the 1990 season when the Tigers were ranked ninth in both final polls. It is the eighth season that Clemson has finished in the top 10 of at least one poll. Clemson also had a top 10 final ranking in at least one poll in 1950, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988 and 1990.

Clemson finished with an 11-2 record, its most wins in a season since 1981 when the Tigers were 12-0 and won the national championship.

Three of Clemson’s 2013 opponents finished in the top 10 in the final USA Today and AP polls. Georgia finished fourth, while South Carolina was seventh, and Florida State eighth in the final USA Today polls. Clemson opens the season 2013 season on August 31 with a home game against Georgia.

USA Today Poll

RANK	TEAM			RECORD	POINTS	FIRST PLACE VOTES	PREVIOUS RANK
1	  Alabama		13-1	1400	56	2
2	  Oregon		12-1	1322	0	3
3	  Notre Dame		12-1	1253	0	1
4	  Georgia		12-2	1213	0	5
5	  Texas A&M		11-2	1171	0	9
6	  Stanford		12-2	1167	0	8
7	  South Carolina	11-2	1064	0	10
8	  Florida St.		12-2	942	0	12
9	  Clemson		11-2	916	0	13
10	  Florida		11-2	886	0	4
11	  Kansas St.		11-2	841	0	6
12	  LSU			10-3	775	0	7
13	  Louisville		11-2	772	0	18
14	  Boise St.		11-2	633	0	15
15	  Oklahoma		10-3	600	0	11
16	  Northwestern		10-3	580	0	17
17	  Utah State		11-2	444	0	20
18	  Texas			9-4	398	0	25
19	  Oregon St.		9-4	366	0	14
20	  Vanderbilt		9-4	248	0	NR
21	  San Jose St.		11-2	244	0	24
22	  Cincinnati		10-3	186	0	NR
23	  Nebraska		10-4	175	0	21
24	  Northern Illinois	12-2	156	0	16
25	  Tulsa			11-3	110	0	NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 19 UCLA (9-5), No. 22 Michigan (8-5), No. 23 Wisconsin (8-6).

Others Receiving Votes
Michigan (8-5) 101; UCLA (9-5) 75; Baylor (8-5) 52; Oklahoma State (8-5) 36; Wisconsin (8-6) 18; Central Florida (10-4) 15; Arkansas State (10-3) 13; Arizona State (8-5) 10; Rutgers (9-4) 9; Kent State (11-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 2; Arizona (8-5) 1; Ohio (9-4) 1


AP Poll

RANK	TEAM			RECORD	POINTS	FIRST PLACE VOTES	PREVIOUS RANK
1	  Alabama		13-1	1475	59	2
2	  Oregon		12-1	1358	0	5
3	  Ohio St.		12-0	1302	0	3
4	  Notre Dame		12-1	1288	0	1
5	  Georgia		12-2	1230	0	6
5	  Texas A&M		11-2	1230	0	10
7	  Stanford		12-2	1169	0	8
8	  South Carolina	11-2	1038	0	11
9	  Florida		11-2	933	0	4
10	  Florida St.		12-2	922	0	13
11	  Clemson		11-2	889	0	14
12	  Kansas St.		11-2	871	0	7
13	  Louisville		11-2	781	0	22
14	  LSU			10-3	756	0	9
15	  Oklahoma		10-3	615	0	12
16	  Utah State		11-2	456	0	18
17	  Northwestern		10-3	443	0	21
18	  Boise St.		11-2	419	0	20
19	  Texas			9-4	358	0	NR
20	  Oregon St.		9-4	303	0	15
21	  San Jose St.		11-2	243	0	24
22	  Northern Illinois	12-2	227	0	16
23	  Vanderbilt		9-4	180	0	NR
24	  Michigan		8-5	147	0	19
25	  Nebraska		10-4	119	0	23


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Front Page Story: Clemson finishes in Top 10 of USA Today Poll
B-Meist®
Consistency.
SpillerHighLife®
Need consistent top finishes w/o consistent losses to SCar!***
Razzmatazz
Exactly where I saw us @ #9 and forgot about Ohio St being..
CUAllTheWay
Agree - how could FL be ranked above FSU or CU, e.g.???
NortherTiger®
Re: Agree - how could FL be ranked above FSU or CU, e.g.???
ClemsonAlex
Re: Agree - how could FL be ranked above FSU or CU, e.g.???
Bryanttiger®
And how can they be ranked above Louisville?????***
CubMD
Great News for Clemson Football. Now keep it up Men!
lightbulbbill®
How does Florida finish ahead of Louisville?
Clem_Alumn
Yep***
CharlestonTom®
Louisville beat Florida...who beat LSU...
lacrostyx
The self-fulfilling SEC prophesy begins again***
CTiger423®
You can't always have the head-to-head winner ranked higher.
TigersAndCubs
Notre Dame shouldn't be in the top 10***
CharlestonTom®
Horse Manure***
tigrjm76®
Re: Horse Manure***
alfatiger
Re: Front Page Story: Clemson finishes in Top 10 of USA Today Poll
ziggy_1118
...but...but...they had nothing to play for. It wasn't the
ChucktownOrange
Florida beat #5, #7, #8, & #12 + 7 unranked teams
Bookmaker03
You fail the realize your circular logic, maybe go to FGF
soccerkrzy®
Cecil Hurt from Tuscaloosa ranked Clemson #14 in his final
soccerkrzy®
Re: Cecil Hurt from Tuscaloosa ranked Clemson #14 in his final
Litefoot®
Excellent! It's great to see Clemson back in the Top 10-15.
Razzmatazz
Re: Excellent! It's great to see Clemson back in the Top 10-15.
Section B
Michigan in the AP @ 24 with 5 losses???***
crunkstar®
Re: Front Page Story: Clemson finishes in Top 10 of USA Today Poll
Splode
That is good. But we must get better than Scar.
Buffalo Creek Tiger

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