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Clemson Ranked 16th In Preseason Coaches Poll

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The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was released today and Clemson is ranked 16th. They are one of three ACC teams ranked in the poll. FSU remains at the top of the poll while UNC will start the season ranked 23rd, an amazing assumption, even by Coaches Poll standards.

The top 10 features your normal blue bloods as well as a few surprises. UCLA somehow makes an appearance in the 7th spot and Alabama might be ranked a bit too high given their losses on offense and defense. But being 'Bama affords you certain privileges in college football, high rankings in the polls and a lack of holding calls against your team.

South Carolina debuts at number 9 and it appears they are getting a little SEC bias. Their losses from last year seem to be similar to Clemson, and I would have expected them to be in the 12-13 range going into the season. Georgia will start the season ranked 12th and would it would be a nice for Clemson to start the season off with another upset.

Another loltastic moment from the poll is ranking Ole Miss and USC. Apparently hiring a constant 7-5 coach means your former powerhouse is on the way to being BACK. As for Ole Miss, paying the players to get on campus is not enough. You actually have to coach them up and all that boring stuff. I'll believe it when I see it.

UNC, Texas, and Washington round out the Top 25. I really can't add much to that statement because I'm too busy laughing. Feel free to leave your thoughts in my stead.

Oh and Florida received votes. I have no words.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Florida State Seminoles 14-0 1543 56 NR
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 1455 NR
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 1382 3 NR
4 Oregon Ducks 11-2 1314 1 NR
5 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1271 NR
6 Ohio State Buckeyes 12-2 1267 1 NR
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1085 NR
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1050 NR
9 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 1009 1 NR
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 965 NR
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 955 NR
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 905 NR
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 833 NR
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 654 NR
15 USC Trojans 10-4 627 NR
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 535 NR
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 509 NR
18 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 358 NR
19 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 346 NR
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 266 NR
21 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 257 NR
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 228 NR
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 175 NR
24 Texas Longhorns 8-5 143 NR
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 142 NR
Others Receiving Votes:
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.