The Associated Press preseason top 25 was released earlier today. Not surprisingly, Clemson checked in at No. 1 overall.
It is the first time ever that the Tigers are the preseason No. 1, which accounts for another milestone they've achieved under Dabo Swinney. They were the preseason No. 2 team in 2016 and 2018.
Clemson picked up 52 first-place votes, with Alabama garnering the other 10.
Coming off an undefeated season and the program's second national title in four years, how does Swinney feel about his team being ranked first in the nation?
He doesn't feel much about it at all, it seems.
Swinney went on to expound on his thoughts on preseason rankings, which he doesn't put too much stock in.
“Unless they bring us a trophy and tear the concrete out over there and put the preseason champs up there, I don’t think we’re going to do that,” he told reporters. “So it just doesn’t matter. That’s probably the only con is it just creates conversation that’s unnecessary because it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. All you’ve gotta do is take the last 10 years the preseason polls and a lot of those teams in the top five don’t even finish ranked. A lot of the teams in the top 10 don’t even finish in the top 25. So I just have a perspective of it. And I’ve been on the other side of it when we haven’t been ranked in the top 25 and finished ranked.”
Of course, Dabo is going to downplay the hype and expectations going into this season. He's a typical head coach in that respect.
Behind the scenes though, you can bet the Clemson players and staff members recognize the responsibility that comes with that No. 1 ranking. They aren't likely to surrender it easily.
[ 247Sports ]