Yes it is mid June. Yes we are still more than two months away from the start of college football season. But who cares? Now that we know who is and isn’t staying in the NBA draft some national college basketball pundits have released some (very) early preseason top 25 polls.
USC and Clemson are both ranked in one poll and not the other. ESPN’s Andy Katz shows the Gamecocks some love in his top 25. He has Carolina 23rd. He did mention that Clemson could easily be ranked but he’s worried about the impact K.C. Rivers graduation and Terrence Oglesby’s defection to Europe will have on the Tigers perimeter game.
Meanwhile, Gary Parrish over at CBS has Clemson in his top 15. He notes the loss of Rivers and Oglesby but thinks the Tigers can overcome that with the solid incoming recruiting class. He doesn’t have the Gamecocks ranked.
And what does all this mean? Well, nothing. But it is good fodder for the dog days of summer and it is nice to see the two major in-state programs getting some respect heading into the preseason.