This Is The First Time Clemson Has Ever Been Ranked No. 1 To Start A Season

first_imgDabo Swinney locking arms with his players.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 15: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers walks with his players on the field during warm-ups before the start of their game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The preseason Coaches’ Poll from USA Today has finally emerged, and it should have fans feeling pretty good about their team. Out of all the programs in the country, Clemson should be the most thrilled about where it’s ranked.After winning last season’s national championship in dominant fashion, the Tigers are back to defend their title.Dabo Swinney has an absolutely loaded roster for this season, which features Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and Justyn Ross. All three are rising prospects at their respective positions.With the regular season almost here, Clemson sits atop the Coaches’ Poll for the first time in the school’s history. Even though most people thought Clemson would be ranked No. 1 heading into the preseason, it doesn’t diminish this achievement.Before this version of the Coaches’ Poll released, the Tigers’ best preseason ranking was No. 2, which they received last year and in 2016. Oddly enough, they won the national championship in both those years.Clemson will pick up where it left off … on the top of the Amway Coaches Poll rankings. @AmwayUS @WeAreAFCA— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 1, 2019The full top 25 can be seen here.Clemson has established itself as one of the few powerhouses in college football. Swinney has led his team to the College Football Playoff in four-straight seasons.Making the national championship again won’t be an easy task for the Tigers, but they do have a favorable schedule.Clemson hosts Georgia Tech on August 29 to start its regular season.last_img read more