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Clemson comes out strong in first FanPulse poll, Texas Tech absent

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The SB Nation FanPulse Preseason Top 25 is out and - no surprise - the Clemson Tigers will enter the season as the nation’s top team according to the voting of SB Nation’s college football communities! All in all the poll is similar to what we saw with the Coaches Poll, except Miami coming in hot at No. 22. Humorously the news regarding Tate Martell’s backseat position behind redshirt freshman Jarren Williams probably influenced people’s faith in the Hurricanes.

We’re also in the hype era for teams like Texas, Texas A&M, and Nebraska who all are *probably* a wee bit higher than they should be. It’s the preseason - what do you want from people?! Texas Tech obviously absent from the top 25 as well as the teams receiving votes, but we’re still 16 days from our opener against Montana State and everybody thinks we’re the worst-of-the-worst.

Only up from here!

Others receiving votes: Washington State, Syracuse, Boise State, Stanford, Army, Virginia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Minnesota.


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