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CLEMSON, discount S.C. —Clemson is ranked second in the preseason Associated Press poll released on Sunday.   Clemson was also second in the Amway Coaches Poll released earlier in the month.

This is the highest preseason ranking in Clemson history in either of the major polls.  Clemson was fourth in the preseason poll by the Coaches and the Associated Press in 1988, remedy and fourth by Associated Press in 1984.

This also marks the fifth straight year Clemson has been ranked in the preseason of both polls.  Clemson was 14th in the preseason of both polls in 2012, eighth in 2013, 16th in 2014 and 12th in the preseason last year.

Clemson, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are the only schools in the country to finish in the top 25 of the final AP poll each of the last five years.  Dabo Swinney’s program is the only school in the nation to finish the same or better in the final poll than its preseason ranking each of the last five years.

The appearance in the preseason AP poll means Clemson has appeared  in 76 of the  last 83 AP polls (all polls since beginning of 2011 season), tied for fifth in the nation with Oregon.



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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his wife Kathleen have pledged $1 million to support the football program, the school announced Monday.

The donation will go through IPTAY, the school’s booster arm, and will be used to “provide future funding for building initiatives that will continue to propel the program forward.”

“I love Clemson, and I believe in our program, and I feel like Clemson has been pulling for me since that first game in 2008,” Swinney said in a statement. “But no matter how much we win on the field, my passion is building and empowering successful young men through the game of football. Kathleen and I are blessed. And we have always known we need to use those blessings to do good for others. It’s so important to us that we give back to this program that has been so good to us.”



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Clemson owns a 16-game home winning streak, going 9-4-3 against the spread in the process. Meanwhile, Troy is 5-1 ATS over its last six road contests. So what’s the smart bet for Saturday afternoon’s Tigers vs. Trojans battle at Death Valley?

Point spread: The Tigers opened as 34-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 39.4-12.2 Tigers (College football picks on every game)

Why the Troy Trojans can cover the spread

Troy opened its 2016 campaign with a 57-17 romp over Austin Peaylast Saturday. The Trojans trailed the Governors 14-13 after one quarter and then scored the game’s next 24 points to take over. And despite falling down against the spread by 42 points, Troy eventually came within one point of a push. For the night, the Trojans racked up 706 yards of offense, 383 on the ground and 323 through the air.


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Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney and No. 2-ranked Tigers will face former Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele Saturday when Clemson plays at Auburn in a key early season matchup.

Swinney fired Steele after Clemson’s Orange Bowl debacle of 2011, when the Tigers surrendered a bowl-record 70 points in a 70-33 loss to West Virginia.

“It was very difficult because I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Steele,” Swinney said. “He is a great football coach, a great man with a great family.

“Coach Steele was a huge part of us laying a foundation here in ’09, 10 and 11. He helped us win our first ACC Championship in 20 years.”

Steele has had stints with Alabama, LSU and Auburn since, but this will be his first time facing Swinney and Clemson’s prolific offense, which hopes to get off to a solid start following last season’s 14-1 record and national runner-up finish.



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Week one of college football in 2016 is looking like one for the history books, cialis featuring high caliber matchups which fans wouldn’t normally see until much later in the season.

One of those matchups is a clash between Tigers, health when Clemson goes up against Auburn at Jordan-Hare stadium. Clemson is looking to have another magical season this year, which they hope will culminate in a National Championship – in the meantime, Auburn looks to rebound from a less-than-impressive 2015.

There are important questions concerning both teams and those could prove to be decisive for this first game.

Clemson’s Offensive Line VS. Auburn’s Defensive Line

“”Our defensive front has the chance to be one of the best, if not the best, in college football,” Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn said in a post-practice interview this spring. He could be right. Auburn is returning six linemen who have some playing experience, including three starters. While the unit as a whole didn’t have huge success last season, the combination of veteran players and new talent makes this group one to watch.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, <a href=

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ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said the following about “Clemsoning” on Saturday’s version of ESPN College GameDay – “See, I think they changed this mentality four years ago,” Herbstreit said. “This to me is just old news. Clemson is not the ‘Clemsoning’. They don’t do that anymore. If they lose today, it’s because Georgia Tech out-executed them.

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