South Carolina Achieves Highest Ranking Since 1984

By Steve LeMaster

Steve Spurrier has the South Carolina Gamecocks crowing. The Spurrier-coached Gamecocks pulled off another big win after sputtering in the first half during their previous outing one week earlier at Kentucky. Yes, what a difference a week does make. One week after facing a 10-point deficit on the road against the struggling Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina dominated at home Saturday night. South Carolina grounded the previously undefeated Georgia Bulldogs, winning 35-7. The home game versus Georgia was South Carolina’s first of three straight matchups with Top 10 teams. South Carolina is set to visit the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators in back-to-back weeks. No doubt, a tough road lies ahead for the South Carolina football program. But the Gamecocks are thriving. South Carolina is ranked third in both the Associated Press and coaches polls. That’s the highest the Gamecocks have been ranked since being 9-0 and rising to second in the nation in 1984.

Spurrier’s Gamecocks are no strangers to the Top 10. South Carolina has been ranked among the nation’s Top-10 teams in the Associated Press poll for nine-straight weeks dating back to last season.

LSU is coming off its first loss of the season and awaits the Gamecocks. The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Florida remains undefeated. The Gators, who will visit Vanderbilt prior to hosting the Gamecocks, boast a 5-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the SEC.

After facing Top-10 teams from its conference in back-to-back-to-back weeks, South Carolina will host the Tennessee Volunteers, Arkansas Razorbacks and Wofford Terriers before visiting another in-state foe for a regular-season finale. The Gamecocks will face the Clemson Tigers on the road in the final game of the regular-season. Clemson has been a mainstay in the Top 25 lately and is expected to give the Gamecocks plenty of resistance in the regular-season finale.






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