Originally created 08/12/01

Clemson and South Carolina in preseason AP rankings

For the first time since 1988, both Clemson and South Carolina start the season ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Tigers come in at No. 19 and the Gamecocks are ranked 21st in the preseason poll.

South Carolina has not started the season ranked since 1988, when the Gamecocks were coming off an 8-4 season and a loss to LSU in the Gator Bowl.

The Gamecocks ended last season ranked No. 19 after beating Ohio State 24-7 in the Outback Bowl.

South Carolina's opener is Sept. 1 against Boise State.

This is the second straight year Clemson has started the season in the Top 25. Last year's team started the season at No. 17. The Tigers went 9-3 and ended the year ranked at No. 16 after losing in the Gator Bowl 41-20 to Virginia Tech.

Clemson opens its season Sept. 1 at Death Valley against Central Florida.

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