Clemson ranked in Top 5 of first Coaches Poll. South Carolina, CCU get some votes

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Dwayne McLemore/dmclemore@thestate.com

The Palmetto State’s preeminent football programs received attention in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll that was released Monday.

Clemson was slotted fourth in the country behind Alabama (No. 1), Ohio State (No. 2) and Georgia (No. 3), while South Carolina received enough votes to place them 45th among those teams listed.

The Tigers enter the year off a 10-3 campaign in which the offense struggled to find its footing under quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Head coach Dabo Swinney replaced both his coordinators this offseason after Brent Venables (Oklahoma) and Tony Elliott (Virginia) took head coaching jobs.

South Carolina is heading into Year 2 of the Shane Beamer era following a surprising 7-6 campaign that concluded with a victory over North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. USC brought in former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, among a bevy of transfers, in hopes of revitalizing an offense that ranked toward the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.

We don’t know exactly how many votes were cast for the Gamecocks, who earned five points in USA Today’s rankings. Teams are given points that correspond to the place they are slotted by voters, with first place votes counting as the most and decreasing in value down to 25th.

Coastal Carolina also received two points in the coaches poll following its second 11-win season in as many years. Head coach Jamey Chadwell is a voter in the poll.

The Associated Press preseason poll is expected to be released Aug. 15.

The Gamecocks haven’t been ranked in the AP poll since entering at No. 24 in September 2018, though that stay only lasted one week after USC lost 41-17 to then-No. 3 Georgia.

USA Today 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll

*first place votes in parentheses

  1. Alabama - 1634 (54)

  2. Ohio State 1564 (5)

  3. Georgia - 1542 (6)

  4. Clemson - 1356

  5. Notre Dame - 1284

  6. Michigan - 1232

  7. Texas A&M - 1219

  8. Utah - 1134

  9. Oklahoma - 1027

  10. Baylor - 891

  11. Oklahoma State - 859

  12. Oregon - 734

  13. NC State - 726

  14. Michigan State - 711

  15. Southern California - 602

  16. Pittsburgh - 450

  17. Miami - 433

  18. Texas (1) - 383

  19. Wake Forest - 381

  20. Wisconsin - 369

  21. Kentucky - 353

  22. Cincinnati - 339

  23. Arkansas - 334

  24. Mississippi - 327

  25. Houston - 257