Tigers Tumble In Latest Polls


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CLEMSON -- Clemson falls out of the top 10 after a 34-10 loss to Alabama on Saturday but still remains in the the top 25 in the latest USA Today Coaches' Poll. Clemson was ranked ninth in the preseason Associated Press and US Today college football polls released on August 16. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Tigers program since 1991 when Clemson was also ninth.


The preseason poll has not been much of an indicator for Clemson in the last few years. Each of the last three years Clemson has not been ranked in the preseason poll (2003, 2005, 2007), Clemson has finished in the top 25 of both polls. Each of the last two years Clemson was ranked in the preseason top 25 (2001 and 2006), the Tigers have not finished in the top 25.


USA Today Coaches' Top 25

1. Southern California (23) 	1-0 1,462 2 
2. Georgia (20)  		1-0 1,442 1 
3. Ohio State (10) 		1-0 1,385 3 
4. Oklahoma (2)  		1-0 1,344 4 
5. Florida (3) 			1-0 1,295 5 
6. LSU (3)  			1-0 1,202 6 
7. Missouri 			1-0 1,197 7 
8. West Virginia 		1-0 1,035 8 
9. Texas 			1-0 1,030 10 
10. Auburn 			1-0 962 11 
11. Wisconsin 			1-0 853 12 
12. Kansas  			1-0 820 13 
13. Texas Tech 			1-0 732 14 
14. Arizona State 		1-0 679 16 
15. Brigham Young 		1-0 629 17 
16. Oregon 			1-0 566 20 
17. Alabama  			1-0 538 NR 
18. South Florida 		1-0 480 21 
19. Penn State 			1-0 450 22 
20. Wake Forest 		1-0 388 23 
21. Fresno State  		1-0 269 25 
22. Clemson 			0-1 186 9 
23. Utah 			1-0 158 NR 
24. South Carolina 		1-0 134 NR  
25. Illinois 			0-1 92 19 


Dropped out: No. 15 Virginia Tech (0-1, lost to East Carolina 27-22), No. 18 Tennessee (0-1, lost to UCLA 27-24 OT), No. 24 Michigan (0-1, lost to then-unranked Utah 25-23).


Others receiving votes: UCLA 91; California 79; East Carolina 56; Tennessee 56; Boston College 36; Florida State 29; Virginia Tech 25; Boise State 24; Kentucky 20; TCU 15; Cincinnati 13; Connecticut 13; Nebraska 12; Arizona 8; Oklahoma State 5; Notre Dame 4; Colorado 3; Bowling Green 2; Georgia Tech 2; Central Florida 1; Miami (Fla.) 1; Stanford 1; Tulsa 1.


AP Poll

1. USC (21) 1-0 1,539 
2. Georgia (20) 1-0 1,506 
3. Ohio State (15) 1-0 1,497 
4. Oklahoma (2) 1-0 1,432 
5. Florida (5) 1-0 1,415 
6. Missouri (1) 1-0 1,301 
7. LSU (1) 1-0 1,207 
8. West Virginia 1-0 1,108 
9. Auburn 1-0 1,033 
10. Texas 1-0 1,028 
11. Wisconsin 1-0 849 
12. Texas Tech 1-0 842 
13. Alabama 1-0 834 
14. Kansas 1-0 748 
15. Arizona State 1-0 672 
15. Brigham Young 1-0 672 
17. South Florida 1-0 588 
18. Oregon 1-0 508 
19. Penn State 1-0 467 
20. Wake Forest 1-0 414 
21. Fresno State 1-0 242 
22. Utah 1-0 214 
23. UCLA 1-0 151 
24. Illinois 0-1 147 
24. South Carolina 1-0 147 

Others Receiving Votes: Clemson 143, East Carolina 108, California 91, Boston College 36, Florida State 36, Cincinnati 35, Tennessee 30, Boise State 19, Bowling Green 17, Virginia Tech 14, Connecticut 9, Rutgers 6, Kentucky 5, Nebraska 4, Oklahoma State 3, TCU 2, Arizona 2, North Carolina 1, Notre Dame 1, Miami (FL) 1, Tulsa 1.

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