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Clemson Tops FanPulse Preseason Top 25, West Virginia Notably Absent

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The SB Nation FanPulse Preseason Top 25 is out and, to the surprise of no one, the Clemson Tigers will enter the season as the nation’s top team, according to a voting block made up of fans here at The Smoking Musket and others across 65 of SB Nation’s college football communities.

The rest of the poll lines up pretty evenly with what we saw in the preseason Coaches Poll, with the exception of the Miami Hurricanes sliding in at No. 22 — seven spots up from their position in the Coaches Poll. The Hurricanes made headlines this week when new head coach Manny Diaz named redshirt freshman Jarren Williams the starting quarterback over Ohio State transfer and noted Chipotle enthusiast Tate Martell and N’Kosi Perry, a redshirt sophomore that played in 11 games for the Canes last season. Fans over at The State of the U unsurprisingly ranked Miami the highest of any community, with the Hurricanes coming in at No. 18 in their community specific ballot.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are nowhere to be found in the top 25 or among the list of teams receiving votes. The Mountaineers are facing some quarterback controversy of their own, as we’ve yet to receive any update from head coach Neal Brown about who he’ll have lining up under center when West Virginia takes on James Madison in just 17 days.


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