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WILL SOUTH CAROLINA GET BOUNCED FROM THE NATIONAL RANKINGS?

The University of South Carolina football team has been a fixture in the national rankings for the last four years.  In fact you have to go all the way back to the 2010 preseason rankings to find a poll that didn’t include head coach Steve Spurrier‘s squad.

That’s a school-record streak of 65 consecutive polls … and the fifth-longest streak in the country behind Alabama (99), LSU (82), Oregon (78) and Oklahoma (66).

Will the streak end next week when the Associated Press and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls come out?

We’ll have to wait and see … but there’s a pretty compelling case to be made that the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1 SEC) don’t belong in the rankings.

South Carolina wasn’t just beaten by No. 20/21 Texas A&M, they were humiliated – giving up a record 680 yards to a team that was supposed to struggle after losing former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Question marks abound in Columbia, S.C. – and while we’ll have to wait awhile to see how many of them are answered, we won’t have to wait long to see how far the Gamecocks fall in the polls.

For those of you keeping score at home, the biggest-ever tumble out of the Top 25 occurred in 2007 – when No. 5 Michigan was defeated by unranked FCS opponent Appalachian State.  Two years ago, Arkansas began the season ranked No. 8 but fell out of the Top 25 after losing in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe.

Clearly Kevin Sumlin’s Texas A&M squad is a much stronger opponent than either of those schools … but they also whipped South Carolina by a much broader margin.

Our guess?  South Carolina falls to No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches’ poll … but then again we predicted the Gamecocks were going to cover the 10-point spread on Thursday night.

Oops …

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