Clemson will begin the season ranked number one in both the AP and the Coaches Polls.

From Clemson Athletics:

“Clemson becomes the sixth program since the inception of the preseason poll in 1950 ever to open consecutive preseason polls at No. 1, joining Alabama (2016-18), USC (2004-05), Oklahoma (1985-87, 1974-75, 1956-57), Ohio State (1969-70) and Notre Dame (1953-54). Clemson’s 1,520 points and 38 first-place votes this year topped each category, as all teams — including ones who will not play this fall — were eligible for votes.”

“Prior to Clemson’s No. 1 ranking last preseason, the program’s previous preseason high had been second, the preseason rank held by both the 2016 and 2018 squads that would each go on to earn the national championship. By virtue of a second straight preseason No. 1 ranking, Clemson’s preseason perch this year marks the seventh Top 5 preseason ranking in the AP Poll in school history, including 1984 (No. 4), 1988 (4), 2016 (2), 2017 (5), 2018 (2) and 2019 (1).”

“Clemson has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in the preseason in nine consecutive years, the longest such stretch in school history. The Tigers garnered a Top 25 preseason ranking from the AP in eight consecutive years under three different head coaches across the 1987-94 seasons.”

Preseason AP Top 25

1Clemson14-11,520 (38)
2Ohio State13-11,504 (21)
3Alabama11-21,422 (2)
4Georgia12-21,270
5Oklahoma12-21,269
6LSU15-01,186 (1)
7Penn State11-21,147
8Florida11-21,125
9Oregon12-21,119
10Notre Dame11-2995
11Auburn9-4852
12Wisconsin10-4840
13Texas A&M8-5764
14Texas8-5703
15Oklahoma State8-5672
16Michigan9-4611
17USC8-5534
18North Carolina7-6496
19Minnesota11-2451
20Cincinnati11-3234
21UCF10-3229
22Utah11-3211
23Iowa State7-6199
24Iowa10-3134
25Tennessee8-5133

Others receiving votes: Memphis 86, Virginia Tech 85, Boise State 68, Arizona State 66, Miami (FL) 42, Louisville 32, Appalachian State 26, Washington 21, Kentucky 20, Indiana 19, Baylor 15, California 11, TCU 9, Virginia 7, Navy 6, Florida State 6, SMU 3, Mississippi State 3, Air Force 3, Northwestern 1, UAB 1

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