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Clemson’s No. 1

TIGERS ON TOP OF FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF POLL Oops, Ohio State. Later, LSU. Another day, Alabama. Baylor, Texas Christian and Michigan State?  Don’t even bother … For the moment, Clemson University is the No. 1 football team in America … an astounding development given that 2015 was supposed to…

TIGERS ON TOP OF FIRST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF POLL

Oops, Ohio State. Later, LSU. Another day, Alabama.

Baylor, Texas Christian and Michigan State?  Don’t even bother …

For the moment, Clemson University is the No. 1 football team in America … an astounding development given that 2015 was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Tigers, who lost their top two defensive stars to the first round of this year’s NFL draft.

Nonetheless, Dabo Swinney‘s squad is ranked atop the first 2015 NCAA college football playoff rankings – ahead of SEC West behemoth LSU, defending national champion (and preseason No. 1) Ohio State and perennial contender Alabama.

Notre Dame – which lost to Clemson last month – is ranked No. 5, followed by Baylor, Michigan State, TCU, Iowa and Florida.

Swinney – whose remarkable recruiting run has keyed the Tigers’ rise to national prominence – says his team won’t celebrate until the final rankings come out.

“The only poll that we’re excited about is Dec. 6, and I promise you we’ll have the biggest poll party you’ve seen,” Swinney told reporters this week. “We’ll open up Death Valley and serve pizza to everybody. That’ll be a time to celebrate a poll. Until then, it doesn’t matter.”

Pizza for 80,000?

That’s Dabo for ya …

Clemson will put its No. 1 ranking on the line at Memorial Stadium (a.k.a “Death Valley”) this Saturday against No. 16 Florida State.  The Seminoles – who won the national championship two years ago – pasted then-No. 3 Clemson 51-14 during their last visit to Tigertown in 2013.  They escaped with a 23-17 overtime win in Tallahassee last year.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST with ABC televising the game nationally.  Odds makers have installed the Tigers as 12-point favorites.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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95 comments

flip November 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm

LMAO…Clemson couldn’t beat THE Ohio State University if the Muslim jesus obama was at qb…all about the money-the poll.
Used to be you had to defeat the champion of the world.In todays Democrat faux Christian Dabo the pussys world reality is a pizza so everybody will like him.

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jimlewisowb November 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Speaking of Muslims here is an idea that will keep any Muslims from taking part in the pizza party

Of course the Clemson coeds will have to be willing to get a tattoo and display such – ok would be willing to settle for painted tattoo but display will still be required

http://plancksconstant.org/blog1/iamges/sub5/pig-breast.jpg

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flip November 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm

NIce Jim! Oh my!!!

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shifty henry November 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

now cut that out..!! (nice – chuckling)

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Tazmaniac November 4, 2015 at 8:04 am

Looks like an Arkansas kind of tit-tat.

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CNSYD November 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Clemson has played THE Ohio State University twice and won both times.

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Dice Man November 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm

So has THE University of South Carolina. I guess the Tiggers are in pretty exclusive company! :)

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Can't Beat Them? November 4, 2015 at 3:09 am

You have it wrong. Clemson has never lost to THE Ohio State.

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mamatiger92 November 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

40-35
40-35

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GoCocks! November 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

From a Gamecock fan – effing awesome!

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Elfego November 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

I second that emotion!

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easterndumbfuckistan November 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

The Clemsoning is going to be so sweet when it happens, and make no mistake it will happen.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Not going to happen.
This team is different. Our offense (as if they needed to) has woken from a slumber and is lighting up the scoreboard the past 3 games. We will win out the reg. season.

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flip November 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

All universities have American hating disgraces as alumni.Clemson apparently has you and THE Ohio State University has tomstickler.

I ain’t met a liberal yet that knows a damn thing about sports.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 9:05 pm

This liberal knows the coots suck and their coach up and quit mid-season because of it. This liberal also knows that no matter what happens…we have a date in Nov. with the coots and I am very much looking forward to that date.

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flip November 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Nobody gives a fuck.Dabo will have em on probation within 3 years. Danny Ford JR.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Not likely. Dabo and co. have taken an extraordinary amount of time and effort recruiting 5 star players over the years and hiring the best assistant coaches on the market. Everything above board and legit. No need to cheat.
Coots ceded all power to Darth Visor years ago and despite some 11 win seasons and a good run against the Tigers, he’s royally screwed your program for a long time. Chasing recruits away with talk of retirement and the ones you did get are telling others to stay away. Shitty asst. coaches and playing in one of the weakest sub-divisions FBS1 college football doesn’t help. Not to mention players don’t much like getting shot in 5 points or arrested around the horseshoe.

flip November 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

LMAO!!! NC State puts up 41 on the frauds and now Dabo is Bear Bryant.

Dumb ass.You dumb fuckers ain’t won nothing.

Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm

I think you have your own hands full worrying about the coots.

Joke's on Flip November 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

Hey, remember the last time Ohio State won against Clemson?

:)

mamatiger92 November 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

And, MARYLAND put up 28 on your team.

Squishy123 November 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Yeah suddenly after the ol’ ball sack quits, the team is suddenly an SEC contender. The game against The Citadel may be a nail biter for USCe.

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E Norma Scok November 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

For once, the Citadel isn’t as bad as normal. It might be a bad day for Gamecock fans.

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Scrappy November 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm

It may happen. I hope it doesn’t but you can be sure of one thing……that 63-17 ass whipping that Bowden put on y’all will be nothing compared to the embarrassment that Dabo and Co. Hang on your “nationally relevant” ass in Columbia. You just think WV beat the shit out of us……you’re darkest day is coming. Write it down.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Suck it Trebek…suck it long….suck it hard….

Tigers #1!!!!!!!!

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Comrade1917 November 3, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Clemson cowfuckers be #1.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Cock lovers be…not even ranked…

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Dice Man November 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!… DOWN GOES FRAZIER!!!

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Bible Thumper November 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Clemson can’t claim they don’t get respect. Clemson #1. Notre Dame #5. WOW!

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flip November 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Only because SC took down the confederate flag is Clemson #1 .Like Haley,a JOKE.

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shifty henry November 3, 2015 at 10:10 pm

THIS is a joke
——————
The National Poetry Contest had come down to semi-finals between a Yale graduate and a redneck from Clemson. They were both given a word, then allowed two minutes to study the word and come up with a poem that contained the word. The word they were given was “Timbuktu”

First to recite his poem was the Yale graduate. He confidently stepped to the microphone and said:

“Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked a lonely caravan
Men on camels, two by two
Destination: Timbuktu.”

The crowd went crazy. No way could the redneck top this, they thought. The redneck, with sweat rolled down his face, made his way to the microphone and said:

“A friend and I a hunting went,
We spied three maidens in a tent,
They being three, we being two,
I bucked one and Tim bucked two.”

The redneck went to the finals.

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flip November 3, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Makes sense now shifty…thanks :)

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Clemson is ahead of both LSU and Bama as well. ACC vs SEC…I guess the pros knows.

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Bible Thumper November 3, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I wonder why the committee decided to make Clemson’s path so easy. First Alabama, then the winner of LSU/Ohio. Two SEC West and automatic qualifier for last year’s winner.

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Tazmaniac November 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

Notre Dame is a classic example of over ranking. Boise State and USC are another.

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idcydm November 3, 2015 at 9:29 pm

ESPN needs to change it’s name to ESECPN.

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Bible Thumper November 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Scenario: Clemson beats FSU. LSU beats Alabama.
Who’s 1# next week?

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flip November 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Doesn’t matter.OSU runs the table and they are #1-unless Haley bans the American Flag in SC.ESPN liberals MAY keep Clemson#1 in that case.

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Go Blue November 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

tOSU will lose to Michigan, Michigan St, and possibly Wisky…no way they run the table.

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Manray9 November 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Wow! Clemson is #1. It must have been those dominating wins over Wofford and App State that put them over the top.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 10:27 pm

App State is a D-1 team that is currently leading the Sun Belt conf. at 7-1.

I suppose the Citadel and UCF would be better teams?

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flip November 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm

No, it was the 41 points NC State put on em.

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mamatiger92 November 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

Better than the 28 that crappy Maryland team put up on OSU.

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flip November 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm

These people are all liberals and this is ALL about Haley surrendering and taking the American Flag down.Only way you can explain it.

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flip November 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm

‘confederate’ flag…

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Squishy123 November 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm

So this is what fans do when they’re halfway through a miserable season with no hope for the remaining games. A season so bad a legendary coach jumps ship and quits halfway through the season.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 11:41 pm

they have no hope for seasons to come…let alone this season.

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flip November 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

Hey faggot.The state of Ohio WON BIG yesterday.Pot failed 65%-35%.Fuck you liberal,degenerate perverts.Americans have wised up to your weirdo and flaming desires to destroy our communities because you hate God and yourself.

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Nölff November 4, 2015 at 7:57 am

Shutup about The Ohio State. It’s about Clemson. The Ohio State is the most overrated circle jerk team in college football. They deserve any team to be ranked over them.

E Norma Scok November 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

IF Ohio is so great, why do they keep moving here?

Squishy123 November 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

Maybe because SC needs qualified employees and from what I’ve seen either you hire outside the state or have a bunch of employees, half with their finger up their nose, the other half with their finger up their butt.

you dont even know November 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

The reason that the legal weed measure failed is because it would ammend their constitution so that only 10 people (read lobbiest) would be able to legally grow in ohio for all time. theres another measure next year that doesnt include the monopoly language and that one will pass

flip November 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

You are a fucking idiot.It lost 2-1 because a majority of people in Ohio aren’t faggots and dopies like YOU!

Dope will NEVER pass in Ohio.Next!

Bible Thumper November 4, 2015 at 12:32 am

You are smart, Manray9. That’s what the committee chair said.

Committee chair Jeff Long also noted (in addition to the Notre Dame vi tory) Clemson’s wins over Appalachian State, Miami and NC State — all teams with a winning record — impressed the committee.

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flip November 4, 2015 at 7:17 am

Jeff Long played at Michigan.Says it ALL.

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Bible Thumper November 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

Yes, it does. Michigan is a great school.

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Nölff November 4, 2015 at 7:58 am

What happened last year? Did an ACC win the BCS tittle?

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CNSYD November 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

Actually, no one won the BCS last year.

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mamatiger92 November 4, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply
Comrade1917 November 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Clemson has the best high school football schedule in North America … compare against University of South Carolina’s football schedule.

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Squishy123 November 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I love listening to USCe fans when suddenly nobody is talking about them.

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E Norma Scok November 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

Since spurrier gave up and took his ego home, whats to talk about? Busted up nasty city and a chicken as a mascot.

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Squishy123 November 4, 2015 at 9:59 am

I guess they could talk about how beautiful the industrial park section of Columbia is looking these days.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt November 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

yep..Citadel, Vandy and UCF are practically NFL teams

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apple to oranges November 4, 2015 at 11:13 am

see above….. since Clemson is so good and UCF sucks so much, why do they have more conference titles than you since 1991 and won a BCS bowl game as well? Sounds to me that by your only definition of being good (a conference title and a BCS bowl win) then UCF is just as good if not better than Clemson since they have more conference titles

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MMM cupcakes November 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

All that really matters is this year, cupcake.

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look whos got big boy pants on November 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

you are a sweet little cupcake aren’t you princess? you talk big hiding behind your computer

Bless your heart November 5, 2015 at 11:50 am

Awww, didn’t mean to hurt your wittle feewings. You think THAT was talking big…lolz. Are you 12?

laughing November 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Awwww sweetie, you can hurt me or my fellings. Bless your own heart for thinking you did

Shazaam November 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

As a proud Tiger, I must agree with Comrade, look how pitiful our schedule is, we play one SEC team and they are arguably one of the worst teams in the conference…. Go Tigers! Go Vols!!

Limbaugh, hats off for a great comment!

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mamatiger92 November 4, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply
TontoBubbaGoldstein November 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

Our schedule is *weaker* because we play y’all. Y’all’s is *stronger* because y’all play us.

Capiche?

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Elfego November 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

Come on Comrade! I am a Die Hard Gamecock since about 1954 but get off their back. They are in SC and lets be real brothers in arms except on that special day. For Heavens sake!

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Comrade1917 November 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Go Tiggers!?

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God Hates Trolls November 4, 2015 at 3:01 am

This is God punishing the wicked trolls Flip and GrandTango.

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flip November 4, 2015 at 6:52 am

Clemson ain’t won shit.They MAY be the best tam in SC this year.So fucking what?

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E Norma Scok November 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

People who actually matter think differently than you do.

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CNSYD November 4, 2015 at 9:40 am

“tam”. Is that a member of the Tams singing group?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm Reply
Squishy123 November 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

I bet you are an USCe English major graduate.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein November 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

#1, BEETCHEZ, #1!!!!!!

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Tazmaniac November 4, 2015 at 7:39 am

Congrats to the Tigers and their fans. GO GATORS!!!!!!

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Nölff November 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

Aint no party like a pizza party cause a pizza party don’t stop.

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TARevolution November 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

Like I told you all along….

Clemson’s affiliation with the ACC is a heavy anchor that may drag the Tigers down. The ACC’s 2015 out of conference performance (31-13) is dismal. Against FBS teams their record is just 16-13. Most of the ACC victories are against Sun Belt or MAC teams. They are just a 3-8 against other Power 5 teams. Indeed, two of the ACC’s best teams (UNC and Louisville) lost to two of the SEC’s worst (South Carolina and Auburn). The ACC’s overall non-conference record is by far the worst of any Power 5 Conference.

Link: http://southcarolina.forums.rivals.com/threads/acc-affiliation-undermines-clemson%E2%80%99s-odds-to-make-the-college-football-playoff.78539/

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JacquiChan November 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

Yeah that ACC affiliation really hurt us didn’t it. It’s awfully disappointing to be ranked #1 due to our terrible conference.

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Bible Thumper November 4, 2015 at 10:55 am

The SEC really helped South Carolina. Four conservative double-digit winning seasons and not even a conference championship. In that period Clemson won a conference championship and went to two BCS bowl games. SC has never been to a top tier bowl game.

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apple to oranges November 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

you keep saying Central Florida sucks and shame on SC for playing such a weak team but they won 3 conference title and won a BCS game as well, so I guess by your analogy they are better than you.

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smh November 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

UCF is the best 0-9 team in the country…actually, the only one. They’re awesome.

No, Im smh November 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

but they won themselves more titles and got to the bcs (they won by the way, and in fact their only loss that year was to USC) so that’s all that it takes to be good right? finishing in the top 10 doesn’t count, only finishing #21 with an ACC title makes you “elite”.

Elfego November 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

If Clemson can as they should handle Florida State it is off to the races. Just prepare,take nothing for granite and no let downs please. Stay on top of your game young men!

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staffer November 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

Actually granite is a pretty expensive rock. I don’t think anyone would take nothing for it. I just updated my kitchen.

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Squishy123 November 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Clemson should join the SEC, then according to Dirtpecker fans South Carolina would have two teams who couldn’t compete in the SEC. USCe needs to rejoin the ACC and then maybe have a shot at winning a conference championship this century.

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sheep November 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

its all rigged suckers . good for clemson there the annointed one. there will be three more. enjoy the ride

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dantouts November 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

take kansas st , cleveland, and shmoo. when your right 53 % of the time your wrong 47% of the time. mittromney

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