The Preseason AP poll was just released and the Clemson Tigers debuted at No. 16 in the nation. The Tigers were one of three ACC teams to make the Associated Press’ top 25, including the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles and the No. 23 North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Duke Blue Devils and the Louisville Cardinals each landed just outside the top 25, and the Virginia Tech Hokies and Miami Hurricanes also received votes.
After the Seminoles, the top five was rounded out by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Ohio State, respectively.
No. 16 feels about right for Clemson, all things considered. Obviously the goal will be to outperform that ranking in 2014, but it looks fine for now. Other ACC teams–like Duke–probably have more to gripe about.
Of course, the preseason AP poll is even more meaningless than it was last year, now that the BCS has been done away with (the AP Poll wasn’t used in the BCS formula, but it probably did serve as a useful reference for voters in the polls that were used). The preseason AP poll serves no purpose except to give college football fans something to talk about in these last couple weeks of the off-season. It’s probably something that should be done away with, but we’ll save the “ban the preseason AP poll” column for another day.
Right now, Clemson is scheduled to take on four ranked teams in 2014. They will the hit the road to play No. 12 Georgia and Florida State. North Carolina will come to Death Valley, and so will the (overrated) No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks. There is also a decent chance that Louisville could be ranked by the time they visit Clemson, on October 11th.
College football is right around the corner. It won’t be long now.