Tigers Continue to Climb in Football Polls


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CLEMSON -- Clemson is ranked 13th by Associated Press and USA Today. The Tigers were not ranked in the preseason,
but moved into the top 25 after defeating 19th ranked Florida State. Clemson moved into the USA Today Poll
after beating Louisiana Monroe and was ranked 20th in both polls after that game. This marks the second
time in the last three years that Clemson was not ranked in the AP preseason poll, then defeated a top 25
team in the season opener to move into the top 25 by the second week. In 2005, Clemson defeated
17th ranked Texas A&M in the season opener 25-24, then moved into the poll the following week at number
25 in the AP poll.


Clemson was ranked in the preseason of the AP poll in 2006 and reached a
high of number-10 in the nation after a 7-1 start. Tommy Bowden?s team was ranked in the top 25
in the nation 11 weeks during the 2006 season.


Clemson had last appeared in the top 25 prior to this
year on November 19, 2006 prior to the September 4, 2007 ranking. Clemson?s highest ranking under
Tommy Bowden is a number four national ranking in the USA Today poll on October 22, 2000.


This
is the sixth season in Tommy Bowden?s nine years that Clemson has been ranked at least once in
the top 25 of one of the polls. Clemson was ranked in all 17 polls in 2000, and was also ranked
in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and now 2007. Clemson was not ranked the entire year until the final
poll in 2003, the only season in Clemson history that has happened.


Clemson has been ranked in
the final top 25 three times in Bowden?s career, 2000, 2003 and 2005. In 2003 and 2005 Clemson
was not ranked in the preseason, but was ranked in the final poll. Clemson has been ranked in
the top 25 of each poll (but not necessarily at the same time) 46 weeks under Bowden.


AP Top 25


RANK TEAM 		REC PTS LAST 
1 Southern Cal  (43)  	3-0 1601 1 
2 LSU  (22)  		4-0 1580 2 
3 Oklahoma  		4-0 1456 4 
4 Florida  		4-0 1417 3 
5 West Virginia  	4-0 1388 5 
6 California  		4-0 1263 6 
7 Texas  		4-0 1196 7 
8 Ohio St.  		4-0 1193 8 
9 Wisconsin  		4-0 1030 9 
10 Rutgers  		3-0 1008 11 
11 Oregon  		4-0 944 13 
12 Boston College  	4-0 927 14 
13 Clemson  		4-0 807 15 
14 Kentucky  		4-0 708 21 
15 Georgia  		3-1 631 22 
16 South Carolina  	3-1 586 12 
17 Virginia Tech  	3-1 568 17 
18 South Florida  	3-0 539 23 
19 Hawaii  		4-0 471 19 
20 Missouri  		4-0 401 25 
21 Penn St.  		3-1 337 10 
22 Alabama  		3-1 265 16 
23 Arizona St.  	4-0 206 NR 
24 Cincinnati  		4-0 164 NR 
25 Nebraska  		3-1 134 24 


Others receiving votes: Purdue 73, Miami 72, Michigan St. 60, UCLA 27, Michigan 21, Texas A&M 21, Arkansas 10, Kansas 6, Florida St. 5, UCF 4, Connecticut 3, Virginia 2, Tennessee 1.


USA Today Coaches' Poll


Rank  Team (first-place votes) 	Rec Pts  Last week 
1. Southern California (44) 	3-0 1,481 1 
2. LSU (8)  			4-0 1,438 2 
3. Florida (4)  		4-0 1,347 3 
4. Oklahoma (4)  		4-0 1,336 4 
5. West Virginia 		4-0 1,260 5 
6. California 			4-0 1,137 8 
7. Texas 			4-0 1,103 6 
8. Ohio State 			4-0 1,092 9 
9. Wisconsin  			4-0 1,026 7 
10. Rutgers 			3-0 901 11 
11. Boston College 		4-0 881 12 
12. Oregon 			4-0 878 13 
13. Clemson 			4-0 767 14(tie) 
14. Virginia Tech 		3-1 585 17 
15. Kentucky 			4-0 545 23 
16. Georgia 			3-1 516 21 
17. Hawaii 			4-0 479 18 
18. South Florida 		3-0 451 24 
19. Penn State 			3-1 397 10 
20. Missouri 			4-0 369 25 
21. South Carolina 		3-1 335 14 (tie) 
22. Nebraska 			3-1 209 22 
23. Michigan State 		4-0 167 NR 
24. Alabama 			3-1 154 20 
25.(tie) Arizona State 		4-0 151 NR 
25.(tie) Purdue 		4-0 151 NR 
  


Dropped out: No.16 Texas A&M (3-1, lost to Miami, Fla. 34-17), No. 19 Louisville (2-2, lost to Syracuse 38-35)


Others receiving votes: Cincinnati (4-0) 84; UCLA (3-1) 69; Miami (Fla.) (3-1) 52; Kansas (4-0) 20; Texas A&M (3-1) 20; Boise State (2-1) 18; Louisville (2-2) 18; Michigan (2-2) 17; Georgia Tech (2-2) 10; Florida State (2-1) 8; Virginia (3-1) 7; TCU (2-2) 6; Central Florida (2-1) 5; Tennessee (2-2) 4; Iowa (2-2) 3; Air Force (3-1) 2; Mississippi State (3-1) 1.

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