Clemson ranked 8th in preseason poll

CLEMSON, S.C. (Clemson) Clemson is ranked eighth in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll released onThursday.{} It is the highest preseasonranking for the Clemson football program since 1988 when Clemson was fourth inthe preseason for both the AP and Coaches (UPI at the time) polls.

Clemson isthe highest ranked ACC team in the preseason poll.{} Florida State, a Clemson opponent at DeathValley on October 19, is ranked 12th.

This is theeighth time Clemson has been ranked in the top 10 of at least one preseasonpoll.{}{} The highest preseason rankingClemson has had is number-four.{} Clemsonwas number-four by Associated Press in 1984 and fourth in 1988 by both polls.

This marksthe 30th consecutive poll Clemson has been ranked in the top25.{} The streak dates to early in the2011 season.{}{} It is the third longeststreak in Clemson history.{} Clemson isone of{} six schools that have been rankedin 30 consecutive polls, joining Alabama, LSU, Stanford, South Carolina and Oregon.

Clemsonwill open the season against fifth ranked Georgia at Death Valley. It will bethe first time Clemson has opened a season at home against a top five rankedteam.{}{} The previous high ranked teamClemson has faced at home in the opener is an 11th ranked Georgiateam in 2003.

WithClemson's number-eight ranking in the preseason of the USA Today poll, theClemson vs. Georgia game will be the first opener in Clemson history in whichboth teams are ranked in the top 10.{} Theprevious closest was in 1982 when 11th ranked Clemson played atseventh ranked Georgia.{} Clemson andGeorgia were the previous two national champions entering that game and thecontest was played on ABC on Labor Day night in Athens.

Atnumber-five, Georgia is the highest ranked team Clemson has faced in the openerat any site in 50 years.{} Clemson playedat fourth ranked Oklahoma in 1963.

The Tigerswill face three teams ranked in the top 12 of he preseason poll this year, fifthranked Georgia on August 31 in the opener, 12th ranked Florida Stateon October 19 and seventh ranked South Carolina on November 30 in Columbia.

Clemson hassix wins over top 25 teams over the last two years and three of the wins havebeen against SEC teams.{} Top 25 rankedSEC teams have lost just seven games to non-SEC teams over the last two yearsand three of the seven losses have been to Clemson.

This marksthe second consecutive year Clemson has been ranked in the preseason top25.{} The Tigers were 14th inboth preseason polls last year.{} Clemsonfinished 11th in AP and ninth in USA Today last season.


Clemson'sPreseason Poll History

{}{}{}{} Year{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} AP{}{}{}{} USA/Coaches

{}{}{}{} 1958{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1959{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1960{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1978{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1982{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 11{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9

{}{}{}{} 1984{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 8

{}{}{}{} 1987{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1988{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 4

{}{}{}{} 1989{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 12{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1990{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 10{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1991{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1992{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 13{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1993{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 23{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} NP

{}{}{}{} 1994{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 25{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 24

{}{}{}{} 1996{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 25{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 23

{}{}{}{} 1997{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 20{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 21

{}{}{}{} 2000{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 17{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 19

{}{}{}{} 2001{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 19{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18

{}{}{}{} 2006{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 18

{}{}{}{} 2009{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 9{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}

{}{}{}{} 2012{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 14{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 14

{}{}{}{} 2013{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} TBA{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 8


NP denotesno poll