Clemson opens No. 8 in the Associated Press poll; Georgia 5th, Gamecocks 6th
CLEMSON – It’ll be No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Clemson to help ring in the college football season, in figures decided both by the coaches in USA Today’s poll as well as by the writers in Saturday’s release of the Associated Press rankings.
Recent preseason polls
Here’s Clemson’s recent preseason poll history through the years:
2013 – AP 8, USA Today 8
2012 – AP 14, USA 14
2011 – AP NR, USA RV
2010 – AP RV, USA RV
2009 – AP RV, USA RV
2008 – AP 9, USA 9
2007 – AP RV, USA RV
2006 – AP 18, USA 18
2005 – AP RV, USA RV
2004 – AP 15, USA 16
2003 – AP NR, USA RV
2002 – AP RV, USA RV
No. 6 South Carolina is one spot higher by the AP than the coaches. Florida State is ranked 11th, Clemson’s only ACC colleague in the rankings.
Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech and North Carolina are in the receiving votes portion.
The top five reads Alabama, Ohio State (a distant second), Oregon, Stanford and the Bulldogs.
The highest Clemson has ever opened is fourth, in 1984 via the AP rankings and in 1988 by both major polls.
This is the eighth year in its history Clemson opens in the AP top 10.