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Clemson Opens At No. 12 In AP

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GAMECOCKS UNRANKED …

|| By FITSNEWS ||  Matching its standing in the Amway Coaches’ preseason poll, Clemson University’s football team will open the 2015 season ranked No. 12 in the nation according to the Associated Press.

Head coach Dabo Swinney‘s Tigers – the preseason favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference – are ranked two spots behind conference rival Florida State University, the highest-ranked ACC school.

The two teams will meet on November 7 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Swinney’s teams have been the model of consistency during the last four seasons, winning at least ten games each year and finishing among the nation’s elite programs.

Take a look …

START/FINISH

2011 – NR/22
2012 – 14/9
2013 – 8/7
2014 – 16/15
2015 – 12/ ?

Not bad …

The University of South Carolina begins its 2015 campaign unranked after a disastrous 7-6 season a year ago.  Beginning in 2010, head coach Steve Spurrier‘s Gamecocks were ranked for 69 consecutive weeks.  That streak ended last season following a fourth quarter collapse against Missouri … and things only went downhill for South Carolina after that.

How’s Spurrier taking this whole “unranked” thing?  Eh …

So … who’s No. 1?  Ohio State.  The defending national champion Buckeyes received all sixty-one first place votes from the media representatives who participate in the AP poll – the first time that’s happened since 1950.

In addition to Florida State, Clemson faces No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 16 Georgia Tech for a total of three ranked opponents.  The Tigers open their 2015 campaign on September 5 at home against Wofford.

In addition to Clemson, South Carolina plays No. 9 Georgia, No. 14 LSU, No. 24 Missouri and No. 25 Tennessee for a total of five ranked opponents.  The Gamecocks kick off their 2015 season on September 3 against North Carolina – a game that will be played in Charlotte, N.C.

AP TOP 25 (PRESEASON)

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1. Ohio State (61) 0-0, 1525
2. TCU 0-0, 1428
3. Alabama 0-0, 1322
4. Baylor 0-0, 1263
5. Michigan State 0-0, 1256
6. Auburn 0-0, 1192
7. Oregon 0-0, 1156
8. USC 0-0, 1085
9. Georgia 0-0, 991
10. Florida State 0-0, 959
11. Notre Dame 0-0, 873
12. Clemson 0-0, 862
13. UCLA 0-0, 698
14. LSU 0-0, 675
15. Arizona State 0-0, 605
16. Georgia Tech 0-0, 588
17. Ole Miss 0-0, 563
18. Arkansas 0-0, 410
19. Oklahoma 0-0, 394
20. Wisconsin 0-0, 393
21. Stanford 0-0, 347
22. Arizona 0-0, 311
23. Boise State 0-0, 240
24. Missouri 0-0, 219
25. Tennessee 0-0, 114

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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