No big surprise here but Clemson and USC both didn’t crack the USA Today coaches’ poll that was released today. They both were in the “others receiving votes” category, with Clemson in at number 31 and USC at 35.
Defending national champion Alabama was the top ranked team. Ohio State, Florida, Texas and Boise State round out the top five teams.
Other notables in the poll are Virginia Tech at number six, Miami at number 13, LSU 16th, Georgia Tech 17th, North Carolina 18th, Florida State 20th, Georgia 21st and Auburn 23rd.
Clemson and USC will both play five teams that are ranked in the coaches’ preseason poll. The Tigers will face #13 Miami, #17 Georgia Tech, #18 North Carolina, #20 Florida State and 23 Auburn.
The Gamecocks play top ranked Alabama, #3 Florida, #19 Arkansas, #21 Georgia and #23 Auburn.