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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Clemson falls in the coaches' rankings

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

This is goofy -- not the fact that Clemson is ranked No. 23 in the USA Today poll that just came out, but that the Tigers ever fell out of the AP poll. Now they won and they dropped a spot in the coaches' poll.

Look at what just happened to West Virginia -- three points ... three ... by this Pat White-led team against a surging East Carolina program, and the Mountaineers are still on the list, as they should be.

I've been saying all week that it was too dramatic to bump Clemson out entirely after a poor showing in the season opener against Alabama. I dropped them from No. 10 in my preseason power ranking to No. 21 last week.

The Tigers are still a good football team with a shot at winning the ACC title, but even if they do, most people will scoff at the program's first title since 1991 and say they did it against a sorry excuse for the ACC.

There's no argument here that the ACC might be the worst BCS conference out there right now, but did we really need The Citadel to remind us there is talent on Clemson's roster?

Tommy Bowden just said on his teleconference that the No. 9 ranking they had wasn't all too important.

"We need to win a lot more games before we get real interested in that," he said. "Hopefully our players aren't paying that much attention to it right now. We did that earlier and it didn't work."