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Friday, August 1, 2008
Clemson slips into top 10 in USA Today Coaches' Poll

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The votes are in, as the USA TODAY Coaches' poll came out Friday. Here are the ones you're looking for:

No. 9 Clemson -- No doubt Clemson should start off as a Top 10 team, and the Tigers have more answers right now than Texas and Auburn, but I'd be surprised if those two programs don't eventually push past Clemson in the rankings. And yes, West Virginia should be good - Pat White will get Heisman consideration -- but to have the Mountaineers ranked above Clemson right now seems high, especially without Steve Slaton and Owen Schmitt.

No. 15 Virginia Tech -- Wow. That's saying something for Frank Beamer and his staff. Considering how many questions the Hokies have heading into Monday's practice (we don't really need to rehash it again, do we?), that's a little high. Jim Grobe and the Demon Deacons should be ranked higher at this point, but neither team should be above 20 right now.

No. 23 Wake Forest -- This seems just about right. The program is still asserting itself on the national level, but this ranking is further proof Wake Forest is getting taken more seriously and that maybe 2006 wasn't a fluke, but the start of a trend. Wake was just one of two ACC teams to win its bowl game last year. They've got 16 starters back, including two of the league's best playmakers on defense in Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry.