Clemson Tabbed 17th in Preseason AP Poll


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NEW YORK -- Clemson has been ranked 17th in the Associated Press preseason college football poll announced Saturday.
The ranking marks the first time since 1997 that the Tigers have appeared in the poll.


"The ranking reflects the potential of this program," said second year coach and 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year Tommy Bowden. "Now the objective is to be there at the end of the season."


The Tigers have not finished a season ranked in the final AP poll since the 1993 season when Clemson finished with a 9-3 record
after a victory against Kentucky in the Peach Bowl.


Nebraska edged 1999 national champion Florida State as the top team in this year's
preseason poll. The Cornhuskers received 36 first-place votes and 1,732 points,
while the Seminoles are ranked second after getting 29 first-place votes and
1,720 points. Alabama is third, Wisconsin is fourth and Miami (FL) is fifth.


Clemson has been picked to finish second in the ACC behind Florida State,
the unanimous selection by the media as the team to beat in the league.
The Tigers travel to Tallahassee on Nov. 4 to meetthe second-ranked Seminoles.
Florida State claimed last year's meeting 17-14 in Clemson.


The last time Clemson was ranked in the prior to the start of the season was
1997 when the Tigers were 18th in the nation. Clemson has not appeared in the
poll since the Sept. 22 poll that season. A loss the next week to Georgia Tech
dropped the Tigers out of the poll. Clemson finished 7-5 and made an
appearance in the Peach Bowl against Auburn.


The preseason ranking is the highest for Clemson since the 1992 team
was picked 13th.


Clemson opens the 2000 season Sept. 2 when it hosts The Citadel at 6:00 PM.


The 2000 AP Preseason College Football Poll

RANK    TEAM      RECORD PTS PVS 
1. Nebraska (36)   12-1 1,732  3  
2. Florida St (29) 12-0 1,720  1 
3. Alabama (3)     10-3 1,570  8 
4. Wisconsin (1)   10-2 1,408  4 
5. Miami Fla       9-4  1,392 15 
6. Michigan        10-2 1,380  5 
7. Texas (2)       9-5  1,297 21 
8. Kansas St (6)   11-1 1,276  6 
9. Florida         9-4  1,255 12 
10. Georgia        8-4  1,226 16 
11. Virginia Tech  11-1 1,044  2 
12. Tennessee      9-3  940    9 
13. Washington     7-5  816   NR 
14. Purdue         7-5  751   25 
15. USC            6-6  723   NR 
16. Ohio St        6-6  601   NR 
17. Clemson        6-6  599   NR 
18. Mississippi    8-4  541   22 
19. Oklahoma       7-5  455   NR 
20. TCU            8-4  404   NR 
21. Illinois       8-4  361   24 
22. Penn St       10-3  359   11 
23. So Mississippi 9-3  224   14 
24. Colorado       7-5  166   NR 
25. Michigan St   10-2  145    7 


OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

Texas A&M 139, UCLA 115, East Carolina 75, Oregon 63, Auburn 36, Colorado St 35, Mississippi St 34, Utah 33, Notre Dame 32, Virginia 26, Marshall 23, Arkansas 22, Georgia Tech 10, LSU 10, Syracuse 9, BYU 7, Minnesota 5, Boston College 3, Texas Tech 3, Toledo 3, Stanford 2, Arizona St 1, Oregon St 1.


DROPPED FROM RANKINGS

No. 10 Marshall, No. 13 Mississippi St, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 19 Oregon, No. 20 Georgia Tech, No. 23 Texas A&M

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