8.05.2008

Highest Preseason Ranking Since 1991.

Aug. 1, 2008

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.

10 comments:

YellerDaisies said...

Can I just rub in that NONE of the NC teams my friends so delusionally (sp?) follow made the top ten...

Wendy A said...

you know what? I was just noticing the same thing... no NC teams and there is a USC but it is the University of Southern California- and they probably do not use a chicken as their mascot.

GO TIGERS!!

YellerDaisies said...

it still mystifies me why anyone would actually choose a chicken (sorry, Rooster) for their mascot...

Emily said...

you are strange

Sammy said...

umm...of course none of the nc teams are in the top ten. that's no surprise, actually i would be SHOCKED if a nc team actually made it to the top ten in football.

J.B. Tharp said...

Ya know, this may surprise you Jess and Wendy, but I'm actually happy for you both. It's great to see Clemson doing well and that they have bright hopes for this coming season. Yet in spite of all that...GO GAMECOCKS!!!! :)

YellerDaisies said...

Maybe if the Cocks got a GOOD coach, they'd have a better chance of actually winning

Wendy A said...

well jb- you might as well be happy for us since you won't be getting any happiness from the gamecocks...

sorry- i couldn't resist.

YellerDaisies said...

Or Duke for that matter...but who ever gets satisfaction from Duke???

Sammy said...

:)