Clemson Football: Tigers ranked No. 1 in way too early 2018 poll

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 2: Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence /

Clemson football is ranked No. 1 in USA Today’s “Way Too Early top-25,” which was released on Tuesday, for 2018. Here’s our thoughts on the rankings.

The Clemson football team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today in the publication’s “Way too early top-25.”

USA Today released the rankings on Tuesday. Here’s a look at the top-10.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Georgia
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Penn State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Washington
  9. Miami
  10. Michigan State
  11. Virginia Tech


Look familiar? It should. Basically these rankings mirror how this season will end with a few minor tweaks.

Ohio State starts in the top-three because they’re Ohio State. Oklahoma falls back a couple of spots because of the loss of Baker Mayfield.

USA Today goes a little bold with Michigan State at No. 10, but I think the Spartans could have somewhat of a breakout year. I’m just not sure they’ll be a top-10 team.

Notably, Miami comes in at No. 9 and Virginia Tech is at 11 for the ACC.

Personally, I would have Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia in no particular order. It will be interesting to see how things play out. A lot for Clemson football, honestly, will depend on how some of the young guys step up into their new roles.

The Tigers will be replacing quite a bit of talent from the junior class and they will need guys to perform at a high level.

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Clemson should be the favorite to win the ACC and that should give them a shot at the College Football Playoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we are less than eight months away from College Football.