Clemson Ranked #16 in Preseason Coaches' Poll


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Clemson, SC- Clemson is ranked #16 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll released Friday. The preseason top-25 ranking is the first for the Tigers since the 2001 preseason poll when Clemson was ranked #14. It is the third time in the past five seasons Clemson has been ranked in the preseason poll. The Tigers finished ranked #22 in the final coaches' poll in 2003.


The ACC is well represented in the poll, as five of 11 teams are ranked in the top 25. The ACC teams ranked are Miami(FL) (5), Florida State (6), Clemson (16), Virginia (19), and Maryland (20). Also receiving votes were N.C. State (30), Virginia Tech (32), and Georgia Tech (37).

The highest ranking Clemson has enjoyed in the coaches' poll under Head Coach Tommy Bowden was during the 2000 season, when the Tigers were ranked #3. Clemson began that season ranked #19 in the preseason poll.


1. Southern California (44)	12-1 1,500 2 
2. Oklahoma (12)		12-2 1,426 3 
3. LSU (5)			13-1 1,387 1 
4. Georgia  			11-3 1,328 6 
5. Miami (Fla.)  		11-2 1,246 5 
6. Florida State  		10-3 1,177 10 
7. Michigan  			10-3 1,128 7 
8. Texas 			10-3 1,087 11 
9. Ohio State  			11-2 1,030 4 
10. Florida  			8-5  691   25 
11. West Virginia 		8-5  684  NR 
12. Iowa  			10-3 642  8 
13. Kansas State  		11-4 639  13 
14. Tennessee  			10-3 598  16 
15. California 			8-6  566  NR 
16. Clemson 			9-4  503  22 
17. Missouri    		8-5  502  NR 
18. Auburn      		8-5  473  NR 
19. Virginia    		8-5  453  NR 
20. Maryland    		10-3 443  20 
21. Utah 			10-2 438  21 
22. Wisconsin 			7-6  248  NR 
23. Minnesota 			10-3 187  17 
    Purdue 			9-4  187  19 
25. Oregon 			8-5  175  NR 


Also receiving votes


Nebraska (10-3) 151; Oregon State (8-5) 101; Boise State (13-1) 99; Washington State (10-3) 86; North Carolina State (8-5) 84; Louisville (9-4) 78; Virginia Tech (8-5) 62; TCU (11-2) 50; Oklahoma State (8-5) 41; Toledo (8-4) 33; Memphis (9-4) 27; Georgia Tech (7-6) 25; Notre Dame (5-7) 25; Bowling Green (11-3) 22; Brigham Young (4-8) 21; Miami (Ohio) (13-1) 21; Fresno State (9-5) 17; Michigan State (8-5) 16; Pittsburgh (8-5) 14; Marshall (8-4) 13; Alabama (4-9) 12; Arkansas (9-4) 12; Boston College (8-5) 10; Northern Illinois (10-2) 10; San Diego State (6-6) 8; Colorado State (7-6) 7; Mississippi (10-3) 7; UCLA (6-7) 7; Texas Tech (8-5) 6; Hawaii (9-5) 5; Texas A&M (4-8) 5; Southern Mississippi (9-4) 4; Penn State (3-9) 2; Air Force (7-5) 1; Arizona (2-10) 1; Arizona State (5-7) 1; Connecticut (9-3) 1; New Mexico (8-5) 1; Washington (6-6) 1.

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