Tigers Ranked Top 10 in Coaches' Poll


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Clemson, SC?Clemson is ranked ninth in the USA Today preseason coaches college football poll released Friday. Clemson is first among ACC teams in the poll, leading league members Virginia Tech (15th) and Wake Forest (23rd).

Clemson has 14 starters returning from last year?s 9-4 team that finished 21st in the final AP top 25 and 22nd in the final USA Today poll. The last time Clemson was ranked in the preseason top 10 was in 1991 when Clemson?s was ninth in the preseason AP poll. That was also the last year Clemson won the ACC Championship.

Georgia is the top ranked team in the USA Today preseason poll, followed by Southern California, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida. Defending champion LSU is ranked sixth, followed by Missouri, West Virginia, Clemson and Texas.

Clemson has finished the season ranked in the top 25 of either poll after being ranked in the preseason just once since 1993. That came in 2000 under current Head Coach Tommy Bowden when the Tigers were 19th in the preseason USA Today poll and finished 14th after a 9-3 season.

Each of the last three seasons Clemson has finished in the final top 25 (2003, 20005 and 2007), Clemson was not ranked in the top 25 in the preseason.

Clemson?s highest preseason ranking in history came in 1984 and 1988 when Clemson was ranked fourth in the nation by Associated Press both seasons. Clemson finished ninth in AP and eighth in USA Today in 1988, but did not make the final top 25 in 1984.


Preseason poll


Rnk Team (first votes)  Rec  Pts   2007 
1. Georgia (22)  	11-2 1,438 3 
2. So California (14) 	11-2 1,430 2 
3. Ohio State (14) 	11-2 1,392 4 
4. Oklahoma (3)  	11-3 1,329 8 
5. Florida (5) 		9-4  1,293 16 
6. LSU (3)  		12-2 1,163 1 
7. Missouri 		12-2 1,143 5 
8. West Virginia 	11-2 1,008 6 
9. Clemson 		9-4  999   22 
10. Texas 		10-3 979   10 
11. Auburn 		9-4  888   14t 
12. Wisconsin 		9-4  747   21 
13. Kansas 		12-1 714   7 
14. Texas Tech 		9-4  644   23 
15. Virginia Tech 	11-3 568   9 
16. Arizona State 	10-3 560   13 
17. Brigham Young 	11-2 547   14t 
18. Tennessee 		10-4 506   12 
19. Illinois 		9-4  422   18 
20. Oregon 		9-4  399   24 
21. South Florida 	9-4  350   NR 
22. Penn State  	9-4  313   25 
23. Wake Forest 	9-4  203   NR 
24. Michigan 	 	9-4  112   19 
25. Fresno State  	9-4  91    NR 


Others receiving votes


Alabama (7-6) 83; South Carolina (6-6) 64; Utah (9-4) 60; Florida State (7-6) 53; Rutgers (8-5) 53; Boston College (11-3) 47; California (7-6) 41; Pittsburgh (5-7) 34; Boise State (10-3) 25; Oregon State (9-4) 23; Nebraska (5-7) 17; Cincinnati (10-3) 13; Virginia (9-4) 12; Connecticut (9-4) 9; Michigan State (7-6) 9; Mississippi State (8-5) 6; Kentucky (8-5) 5; Notre Dame (3-9) 5; TCU (8-5) 5; Maryland (6-7) 4; North Carolina (4-8) 3; Texas A&M (7-6) 3; UCLA (6-7) 3; Central Florida (10-4) 2; Georgia Tech (7-6) 2; Louisville (6-6) 2; Arizona (5-7) 1; Colorado (6-7) 1; Oklahoma State (7-6) 1; Tulsa (10-4) 1.

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