Clemson No. 16 in preseason coaches poll

07/31/2014 12:35 PM

07/31/2014 12:37 PM

Clemson is ranked No. 16 in the first coaches poll of the season, which was released on Thursday.

The USA Today poll, sponsored this year by Amway, has Florida State at the top, followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon, Auburn, Ohio State, UCLA, Michigan State and then the South Carolina Gamecocks.

USA Today wrote about the Tigers: "The Tigers' 2013 season had its highlights at the beginning against Georgia and at the conclusion with the Orange Bowl triumph against Ohio State. Clemson must hit the ground running again, and must do it without QB Tajh Boyd, WRs Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, and TB Roderick McDowell. New signal caller Cole Stoudt is a senior who's been in the system but never started a game. WR Mike Williams could emerge as the new deep threat. There's better news on defense, where DEs Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford and DT Grady Jarrett will create havoc in opposing backfields."

RANK/TEAM RECORD    POINTS    1st-PLACE VOTES
1. Florida State 14-0 1543 56
2. Alabama 11-2 1455 0
3. Oklahoma 11-2 1382 3
4. Oregon 11-2 1314 1
5. Auburn 12-2 1271 0
6. Ohio State 12-2 1267 1
7. UCLA 10-3 1085 0
8. Michigan State 13-1 1050 0
9. South Carolina 11-2 1009 1
10. Baylor 11-2 965 0
11. Stanford 11-3 955 0
12. Georgia 8-5 905 0
13. LSU 10-3 833 0
14. Wisconsin 9-4 654 0
15. Southern Cal 10-4 627 0
16. Clemson 11-2 535 0
17. Notre Dame 9-4 509 0
18. Arizona State 10-4 358 0
19. Mississippi 8-5 346 0
20. Texas A&M 9-4 266 0
21. Kansas State 8-5 257 0
22. Nebraska 9-4 228 0
23. North Carolina     7-6 175 0
24. Texas 8-5 143 0
25. Washington 9-4 142 0

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