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Clemson got the good news yesterday that the Tigers finished 15th in the final coaches and AP polls this season. This marks the third straight season the Tigers have finished in the top 15 in both final polls.

The Tigers finished seventh in the coaches poll and eighth in the AP poll last season. In 2012, Clemson finished ninth in the coaches poll and 11th in the AP poll.

After Monday's national title game, several national outlets came out with their early pre-season polls for 2015. As I expected, Clemson has gained the respect of the national media. The Tigers were ranked as high as second in the country in the Chicago Tribune's early poll. Here is a look at several of the early polls for next season:

Chicago Times

1. Ohio State 2. Clemson 3. TCU 4. Auburn 5. Southern Cal 6. Baylor 7. Michigan State 8. Oregon 9. Alabama 10. Georgia


1. TCU 2. Ohio State 3. Baylor 4. Southern Cal 5. Oregon 6. Michigan State 7. UCLA 8. Georgia 9. Clemson 10. Alabama 11. Ole Miss 12. Notre Dame 13. Arizona 14. Auburn 15. Arizona State 16. Wisconsin 17. LSU 18. Georgia Tech 19. Florida State 20. Boise State 21. Arkansas 22. Utah 23. Tennessee 24. Oklahoma State 25. Minnesota

CBS Sports

1. Ohio State 2. TCU 3. Alabama 4. Florida State 5. Baylor 6. Oregon 7. Ole Miss 8. Michigan State 9. LSU 10. Southern Cal 11. Boise State 12. Clemson 13. Mississippi State 14. Auburn 15. Mizzou 16. UCLA 17. Arizona 18. Georgia 19. Wisconsin 20. Arkansas 21. Arizona State 22. Utah 23. Georgia Tech 24. Florida 25. Tennessee

USA Today

1. Ohio State 2. Auburn 3. TCU 4. Stanford 5. Alabama 6. Baylor 7. Florida State 8. Michigan State 9. Ole Miss 10. Oregon 11. Arizona State 12. Clemson 13. Southern Cal 14. Georgia 15. Arizona 16. Boise State 17. UCLA 18. Mizzou 19. LSU 20. Wisconsin 21. Oklahoma 22. Notre Dame 23. Georgia Tech 24. Oklahoma State 25. Nebraska


1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. Florida State 4. TCU 5. Oregon 6. Baylor 7. Michigan State 8. Auburn 9. LSU 10. Southern Cal 11. Georgia 12. Mississippi State 13. Ole Miss 14. Arizona State 15. Arizona 16. Oklahoma 17. Clemson 18. Mizzou 19. Notre Dame 20. Wisconsin 21. UCLA 22. Georgia Tech 23. Arkansas 24. Texas A&M 25. Florida

247 Sports

1. Ohio State 2. TCU 3. Alabama 4. Michigan State 5. Southern Cal 6. Mississippi State 7. Notre Dame 8. Baylor 9. Clemson 10. Oregon 11. Auburn 12. LSU 13. Florida State 14. Georgia 15. Ole Miss 16. Arizona State 17, UCLA 18. Mississippi State 19. Georgia Tech 20. Arkansas 21. Tennessee 22. Boise State 23. Texas A&M 24. Oklahoma 25. Stanford

Fox Sports

1. Ohio State 2. TCU 3. Baylor 4. Oregon 5. Florida State 6. Auburn 7. Alabama 8. Michigan State 9. Southern Cal 10. Notre Dame 11. Ole Miss 12. Arizona State 13. LSU 14. UCLA 15. Georgia 16. Boise State 17. Arizona 18. Georgia Tech 19. Stanford 20. Clemson 21. Texas A&M 22. Mizzou 23. Arkansas 24. Tennessee 25. NC State

Saturday Down South

1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. Oregon 4. Florida State 5. Baylor 6. Georgia 7. TCU 8. Michigan State 9. Southern Cal 10. Mizzou 11. Clemson 12. Auburn 13. Arizona 14. Mississippi State 15. Tennessee 16. Notre Dame 17. LSU 18. Arizona State 19. Ole Miss 20. Louisville 21. Wisconsin 22. Arkansas 23. Georgia Tech 24. Texas A&M 25. Boise State

ESPN ACC Power Rankings

1. Clemson 2. Georgia Tech 3. Florida State 4. Duke 5. Virginia Tech 6. Louisville 7. NC State 8. Pitt 9. Miami 10. UNC 11. Boston College 12. Virginia 13. Wake Forest 14. Syracuse

Las Vegas Super Book has Ohio State as a 9/2 favorite for the title next season. TCU is at 7/2. Alabama is 8/1. Southern Cal, Baylor and Oklahoma are 12/1. Oregon Michigan State and Clemson are 20/1. bovado.com has Clemson tied for the 14th best chance at the national title at 33/1 odds.

Several outlets came out with their early Heisman candidates as well. Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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