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BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES KNOCK SOUTH CAROLINA OUT OF THE TOP TEN

The University of South Carolina’s record-setting run in the Top Ten is over …

Head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) fell eight spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls this week – dropping from No. 9 to No. 17 and from No. 8 to No. 16, respectively.  South Carolina had been ranked in the Top Ten for a school-record ten consecutive polls dating back to last season.

Just two weeks ago, USC was the No. 3 team in the land.

“They deserved to fall further,” one longtime Gamecock fan told us, referring to the cataclysmically abysmal performance USC turned in Saturday against Florida in “The Swamp.”  South Carolina coughed up the football three times in the first half against the No. 2 Gators – spotting second-year head coach Will Muschamp’s team a 21-6 halftime lead.  USC then “played dead” during the second half as Florida rolled to a 44-11 victory.

Florida remained No. 3 in both the AP and USA Today polls with its win over the Gamecocks, and is likely to preserve its No. 2 BCS ranking.  South Carolina – ranked No. 7 in the initial BCS poll – is likely to see a similarly precipitous fall when that poll’s results are released.

Meanwhile Clemson – which manhandled unranked Virginia Tech at home this week – remained No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the USA Today rankings.

As it has all season, the mighty Southeastern Conference continues to dominate the college football landscape.  For the eighth straight week Alabama is No. 1 – although the pecking order behind them has shaken up considerably over the last few weeks.

This week the Tide are followed by Florida (No. 3), LSU (No. 6), Georgia (No. 11/12), Mississippi State (No. 12/13), South Carolina (No. 16/17) and Texas A&M (No. 21/22).

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ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (October 21)

1. Alabama (59) 7-0, 1499
2. Oregon 7-0, 1424
3. Florida (1) 7-0, 1380
4. Kansas State 7-0, 1333
5. Notre Dame 7-0, 1241
6. LSU 7-1, 1172
7. Oregon State 6-0, 1106
8. Oklahoma 5-1, 1065
9. Ohio State 8-0, 1028
10. USC 6-1, 944
11. Florida State 7-1, 872
12. Georgia 6-1, 745
13. Mississippi State 7-0, 739
14. Clemson 6-1, 713
15. Texas Tech 6-1, 653
16. Louisville 7-0, 620
17. South Carolina 6-2, 591
18. Rutgers 7-0, 539
19. Stanford 5-2, 421
20. Michigan 5-2, 300
21. Boise State 6-1, 258
22. Texas A&M 5-2, 252
23. Ohio 7-0, 181
24. Louisiana Tech 6-1, 106
25. West Virginia 5-2, 76

*Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 21.

**Others receiving votes: Toledo 49, Texas 33, Wisconsin 31, Texas Christian 29, Nebraska 24, Penn State 18, North Carolina State 13, Oklahoma State 12, Arizona 7, UCLA 7, Tulsa 6, Arizona State 5, Northern Illinois 5, Cincinnati 3.

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USA TODAY/ COACHES’ POLL (October 21)

1. Alabama (59) 7-0, 1475
2. Oregon 7-0, 1403
3. Florida 7-0, 1329
4. Kansas State 7-0, 1326
5. Notre Dame 7-0, 1221
6. LSU 7-1, 1164
7. Oklahoma 5-1, 1084
8. USC 6-1, 1014
9. Oregon State 6-0, 974
10. Florida State 7-1, 948
11. Georgia 6-1, 850
12. Mississippi State 7-0, 800
13. Clemson 6-1, 788
14. Louisville 7-0, 720
15. Rutgers 7-0, 637
16. South Carolina 6-2, 598
17. Texas Tech 6-1, 571
18. Boise State 6-1, 407
19. Stanford 5-2, 401
20. Michigan 5-2, 264
21. Texas A&M 5-2, 229
22. West Virginia 5-2, 173
23. Ohio 7-0, 132
24. Texas 5-2, 109
25. Wisconsin 6-2, 104

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 18, Texas Christian 21, Arizona State 24.

Others receiving votes: Louisiana Tech 100, Nebraska 71, TCU 71, Cincinnati 51, Oklahoma State 37, Toledo 30, Tulsa 21, Arizona State 21, Duke 16, Northern Illinois 14, Northwestern 11, Louisiana-Monroe 7, Western Kentucky 3, UCLA 1.

PREVIOUS WEEK’S RANKINGS: Preseason2345678-9

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