Clemson Debuts Atop 2019 Coaches Poll

Clemson Debuts Atop 2019 Coaches Poll
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney kisses the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. Clemson beat Alabama 44-16. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Source: David J. Phillip)

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson will enter the 2019 campaign ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the preseason Coaches Poll released by USA Today on Thursday. The selection marks Clemson's first preseason No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll in school history.

The top ranking represents Clemson's fourth consecutive Top 5 preseason Coaches Poll debut in the last four years, extending the longest such streak in program history. The Tigers have exceeded their preseason Coaches Poll ranking in each of the last eight seasons, a streak that will come to an end this year by virtue of Clemson opening the campaign in the poll’s top position in 2019.

YEAR PRESEASON RANK (COACHES POLL) POSTSEASON RANK (COACHES POLL)

2011 NR 22

2012 14 9

2013 8 7

2014 16 15

2015 12 2

2016 2 1

2017 5 4

2018 2 1

2019 1 TBD

The 2019 squad joins the 1982 (No. 9), 1984 (8), 1988 (4), 2008 (9), 2013 (8), 2016 (2), 2017 (5) and 2018 (2) squads as one of nine Clemson teams to enter the year in the Coaches Poll preseason Top 10.