Clemson is starting right where it left off last season. The Tigers are ranked second in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, right behind Alabama. IN case you’ve been living in a cave or just came out of a coma, the Crimson Tide beat Clemson for the national title last season. Oklahoma, a team Clemson throttled in the Orange Bowl (AKA, the CFB semi-final) is third. ACC Atlantic Division Rival Florida State is fourth in the poll and Ohio State rounds out the top five.
Other notables in the poll, LSU is 6th; Notre Dame is 9th; Tennessee 10th; Ole Miss 12th; Georgia 16th; North Carolina 20th; Louisville 23rd and Florida is 25th.
That’s a total of four ACC schools and six SEC schools.
Breaking down the schedules for Clemson and USC, the Tigers face two teams currently ranked in the coaches poll. That would be #4 Florida State and #23 Louisville.
The Gamecocks have the 2nd ranked Tigers, along with #10 Tennessee, #16 Georgia and #25 Florida on their slate.