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Old 01-08-2014, 08:15 AM   #1
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So USA Today just released there 2014 rankings. Not very favorable to us. Usc is ranked 20th, behind such teams as clemson (who's losing a star qb/wr/de) Notre Dame and Wisconsin. We beat a handful of the teams ranked above us, have a talented team coming back, ended the season number 4 and are ranked behind only Alabama and stanford for wins the past three years. So the question is, where are we going to be ranked preseason and are they wrong. I can't see us not getting a top 10 ranking.
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So USA Today just released there 2014 rankings. Not very favorable to us. Usc is ranked 20th, behind such teams as clemson (who's losing a star qb/wr/de) Notre Dame and Wisconsin. We beat a handful of the teams ranked above us, have a talented team coming back, ended the season number 4 and are ranked behind only Alabama and stanford for wins the past three years. So the question is, where are we going to be ranked preseason and are they wrong. I can't see us not getting a top 10 ranking.
Winning will take care of everything. We are losing a ton of talent so I understand where they are coming from.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:39 AM   #3
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Our rankings for the preseason will probably be all over the place. We are replacing our defensive backfield as well as both defensive ends. Offensively I think we are going to be fine, but defensively there are going to be some big question marks from the outside looking in.
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I believe we are literally the only team in the country to finish the season ranked higher than our pre-season ranking 4 years in a row.

That is completely AOK with me.
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There's a perception by all of the uneducated outside of the USC fanbase that our team only consists of 2 players, Shaw and Clowney. And we're losing both so we must have no team coming back.
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So USA Today just released there 2014 rankings. Not very favorable to us. Usc is ranked 20th, behind such teams as clemson (who's losing a star qb/wr/de) Notre Dame and Wisconsin. We beat a handful of the teams ranked above us, have a talented team coming back, ended the season number 4 and are ranked behind only Alabama and stanford for wins the past three years. So the question is, where are we going to be ranked preseason and are they wrong. I can't see us not getting a top 10 ranking.
I don't think pre-season rankings are that important to SEC schools. I'm pretty sure we were pre-season top 10 this season and Auburn wasn't even ranked. If an SEC team wins week after week, they'll move up.

Now, if you're UCF, pre-season rankings make a difference. But we're not. Personally, I would just assume the team start outside of the top ten. We have home games with A&M, Georgia, and Missouri early in 2014, which gives up an excellent chance to climb in the rankings prior to the Auburn game.
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Default Re: usa today 2014 rankings.

Now I don't follow clemson recruiting very closely but I don't understand how they are ranked higher than us. I know clowney was double teamed most plays but vic Beasley put up great numbers plus there losing tahj Boyd and Sammy. Stats wise clemson is taking a bigger hit than we are. I feel like the media just loves clemson for some reason.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:12 AM   #8
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how bout posting the rankings instead of just talking
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:38 AM   #9
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Doesn't matter. 3 out of the top 5 teams weren't ranked in the preseason polls anyways.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #10
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Much more worried about where we finish than where we start. This could be some good motivation for the guys going into the offseason though.
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Preseason rankings matter nothing. Aub wasn't ranked in '10 or '13 and they played for the BCSCG.
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It's not where you start it's where you finish. We lose Clowney and Quarles on the d-line, we lose Shaw our Field General, and Hampton our best cover corner while returning an unproven LB crew. Take off the garnet glasses and look from the outside in and that's most likely where we belong to start the season.

Now, beat aTm and Georgia and we should be close to cracking the top 10 by week 4.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:54 AM   #13
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It's not where you start it's where you finish. We lose Clowney and Quarles on the d-line, we lose Shaw our Field General, and Hampton our best cover corner while returning an unproven LB crew. Take off the garnet glasses and look from the outside in and that's most likely where we belong to start the season.

Now, beat aTm and Georgia and we should be close to cracking the top 10 by week 4.
I guess I would have to ask what do they have to do to prove themselves since the entire starting LB crew is returning.
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Now I don't follow clemson recruiting very closely but I don't understand how they are ranked higher than us. I know clowney was double teamed most plays but vic Beasley put up great numbers plus there losing tahj Boyd and Sammy. Stats wise clemson is taking a bigger hit than we are. I feel like the media just loves clemson for some reason.
Unfortunately Clemson has the best high school QB coming in next season (he's already enrolled in school). We have a bunch of defensive positions to fill and will have to prove ourselves. WIN ANYWAY!!
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Where we start in the polls effects where we finish. As long as that doesn't keep us out of the playoffs though.
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These are NOT the USA Today preseason rankings! They are the projections off the cuff of just one writer, Paul Myerberg. Each team had one writer to say something positive about it, in our case Jeff Blake. This affects us in no way and is NOT the product of the bard of coaches that constitute that poll and who just named us #4 to finish the 2013 season.
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Unfortunately Clemson has the best high school QB coming in next season (he's already enrolled in school). We have a bunch of defensive positions to fill and will have to prove ourselves. WIN ANYWAY!!
I didn't realize it was such an exact science. That kid is so scrawny right now, an SEC D-line would break him in half.
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These are NOT the USA Today preseason rankings! They are the projections off the cuff of just one writer, Paul Myerberg. Each team had one writer to say something positive about it, in our case Jeff Blake. This affects us in no way and is NOT the product of the bard of coaches that constitute that poll and who just named us #4 to finish the 2013 season.
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There's a perception by all of the uneducated outside of the USC fanbase that our team only consists of 2 players, Shaw and Clowney. And we're losing both so we must have no team coming back.
That about sums it up.

They don't know the caliber of quarterbacks that we have in our stable.
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USA Today needs to stick to the news and not Sports.
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