|Thursday, November 5, 2015, 10:23 AM- -|
I have heard mixed emotions about Clemson being number one in the first College Football Playoff poll this season. I understand those that are skeptical because of the pressure and the expectations that come with being ranked number one. I also know that this poll means nothing if the Tigers don't win out. The only polls that matter are the ones just before the playoffs and the final poll.
However, I love it. This is what you want. This is where you want to be.
USA Today had Clemson on its front page today. ESPN has been talking about the Tigers since the poll was released Tuesday night. Recruits are watching.
The main reason I like it this early is this gives this program experience. Clemson may lose this weekend, and this goes away. Even if the Tigers win, they may get passed in the poll. However, the program is better off with this kind of experience. Who knows how many polls Clemson will be at the top of in the next few weeks or even years? The more you do it, the better you get at handling it. The stage is huge, and experiencing this type of exposure now will hopefully help in the future.
Past Number One Games
Saturday will mark the seventh game that Clemson has played in where one of the teams will be ranked number one.
On January 1, 1959, the Tigers lost to top-ranked LSU in the Sugar Bowl 7-0. Clemson entered the game ranked 12th.
Clemson ended its regular season ranked second in the country in 1981, but Penn State and Pittsburgh played the following week, and the Tigers took over the top spot on November 30, 1981. This was the final regular season poll. Clemson was the nation's top-ranked team at the 1982 Orange Bowl. Clemson won and claimed the 1981 national title with a 22-15 win over Nebraska. The Tigers were number one in the final poll in 1981. Therefore, this week is only the third time Clemson has ever been at the top of the polls.
On September 11, 1993, Clemson lost to top-ranked FSU 57-0 in Tallahassee, FL. Clemson was 17th entering the game.
On September 9, 1995, the Tigers lost 45-26 against number-one Florida State. It was the first game ever in Death Valley where one team was ranked number one.
On October 23, 1999, the first Bowden Bowl was played in Clemson. The top-ranked Seminoles beat Clemson 17-14.
Last season 22nd-ranked Clemson lost to number one FSU 23-17 in overtime in Tallahassee.
This will be the fifth time Clemson and FSU have played a game where one team was ranked number one.
Saturday will be only the third time a top-ranked team has played in Death Valley.
This will be only the second time Clemson has taken the field as the top-ranked team in the country.
Saturday will mark the first time the nation's top-ranked team will touch Howard's Rock and run down the hill.
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