CLEMSON, SC – Clemson ranks seventh by USA Today and eighth by the Associated Press in the final college football polls released on Tuesday morning. The number-seven ranking in USA Today is the highest final ranking for the Clemson program in one of the two major polls since 1981 when Clemson won the National Championship according to both wire services.
Clemson’s number-eight final ranking in Associated Press is the highest for the program in that poll since a number-eight final ranking in 1982.
Clemson defeated a then sixth-ranked Ohio State team, 40-35 on January 3 to win the Discover Orange Bowl. It marked the second straight year Clemson had beaten a top 10 team in a bowl game to conclude the season. Clemson closed the 2012 season by defeating a seventh-ranked LSU team, 25-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Clemson is the only program in the nation to defeat a top 10 team in a bowl game each of the last two years.
The 2013 season marks the ninth season Clemson has been ranked in the final top 10 of at least one poll. It is the first time Clemson has had a top 10 final ranking in consecutive years since 1987 and 1988. Clemson was 10th in the final Coaches Poll of 1987 and eighth in the final coaches poll of 1988.
This is the third straight season Clemson has finished in the top 25 of both polls. This is the third time in history Clemson has had a run of at least three straight years in the final top 25. Clemson was in the final top 25 for six consecutive years from 1986-91 and for three straight years from 1981-83.
Clemson was one of two ACC schools to finish in the top 10 of both polls this year. Florida State won the national championship last night with a 34-31 win over Auburn. This marks the first time since 1997 that two ACC teams have finished in the top 10 of both polls. Florida State and North Carolina did it that year.
Additional Notes on Clemson and the Polls:
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