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."
|1. Florida State||14-0||1543||56|
|6. Ohio State||12-2||1267||1|
|8. Michigan State||13-1||1050||0|
|9. South Carolina||11-2||1009||1|
|15. Southern Cal||10-4||627||0|
|17. Notre Dame||9-4||509||0|
|18. Arizona State||10-4||358||0|
|20. Texas A&M||9-4||266||0|
|21. Kansas State||8-5||257||0|
|23. North Carolina||7-6||175||0|