For the first time since 1984, South Carolina is ranked in the top five in the polls. After dismantling Georgia on Saturday night, the Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0) jumped three spots to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll released late Sunday morning.
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The three teams just ahead of South Carolina in the polls lost on Saturday with No. 3 Florida State dropping a 17-16 decision on the road in the game’s waning seconds to North Carolina State. Fourth-ranked LSU lost on the road to No. 10 Florida 14-6 after failing to score a single point in the second half. The Bulldogs, of course, laid an egg at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Top-ranked Alabama had its bye week while second-ranked Oregon dispatched No. 23 Washington 52-21. Both teams held onto their ranking while South Carolina sits at No. 3.
The last time the Gamecocks were ranked this high was November 10, 1984 entering a game against Florida State. Former head coach Joe Morrision led his team to a 38-26 victory over the No. 11 Seminoles and South Carolina jumped up to No. 2 in the rankings the following week.
The Gamecocks are tied with Stanford for the fifth-longest consecutive weeks streak of being ranked in the Top-25. Only Alabama, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma have been ranked for more consecutive weeks than the Gamecocks and Cardinal.
South Carolina has been ranked among the nation's Top-10 teams according to the Associated Press in nine-straight polls, dating back to the end of last season. That extends the school record which was previously set during the 1984 season.
The Gators (6-0, 4-0) made a jump in the polls this week after knocking off the Tigers up to No. 4 in the rankings. Mississippi State moved up a couple of notches to No. 19 in the polls.
Head coach Steve Spurrier will meet with the media at 2 p.m. this afternoon on his weekly teleconference. The team returns to the practice field on Monday evening. The Gamecocks travel to Baton Rouge, La. this week to take on LSU, which dropped to No. 9 in the rankings.
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