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Lucky Number Seven?

The University of South Carolina football team is ranked seventh in the nation according to the USA Today/ Coaches’ 2013 preseason rankings – one spot ahead of arch-rival Clemson University. That’s the highest preseason ranking in school history – two spots ahead of last year’s No. 9 preseason ranking. Like we…

The University of South Carolina football team is ranked seventh in the nation according to the USA Today/ Coaches’ 2013 preseason rankings – one spot ahead of arch-rival Clemson University. That’s the highest preseason ranking in school history – two spots ahead of last year’s No. 9 preseason ranking.

Like we said … “believe the hype.”

After defeating Michigan in the 2013 Outback Bowl, head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks finished last season ranked No. 8 nationally in the Associated Press and No. 7 in the coaches’ poll – the program’s second consecutive Top Ten finish. Meanwhile Clemson cracked the USA/Today Top 10 (No. 9) and finished No. 11 in the AP Top 25 on the strength of its big Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU.

It was the first time in history both programs finished a season ranked in the Top Ten …

The 2013 Gamecocks are led by superstar Jadeveon Clowney – a Heisman Trophy candidate and likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end was a unanimous All-American last year – setting school records for sacks (13) and tackles for losses (23.5). Clemson is led by its own Heisman Trophy candidate – quarterback Tajh Boyd. In two seasons as a starter, Boyd has thrown has thrown for 8,053 yards and 73 touchdowns in offensive coordinator Chad Morris’ up-tempo offense.

Bottom line? It’s a great time to follow college football in the Palmetto State.

South Carolina is one of five Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the USA Today Top 10. Defending national champion Alabama leads off at No. 1, followed by Georgia (No. 5) and Texas A&M (No. 6). Florida is ranked No. 10 – three spots behind the Gamecocks.

Clemson opens its 2013 season at home on August 31 against Georgia – a game which will be televised nationally by ABC at 8:00 p.m. EDT. South Carolina opens its season on August 29 against North Carolina – a game which will be televised nationally on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

The following week, USC travels to Athens, Georgia in search of its fourth consecutive win over the Bulldogs.

Anyway, here’s the poll …

usa today

1. Alabama (13-1) 1545
2. Ohio State (12-0) 1427
3. Oregon (12-1) 1397
4. Stanford (12-2) 1262
5. Georgia (12-2) 1250
6. Texas A&M (11-2) 1215
7. South Carolina (11-2) 1136
8. Clemson (11-2) 1047
9. Louisville (11-2) 1010
10. Florida (11-2) 930
11. Notre Dame (12-1) 872
12. Florida State (12-2) 844
13. LSU (10-3) 797
14. Oklahoma State (8-5) 726
15. Texas (9-4) 622
16. Oklahoma (10-3) 620
17. Michigan (8-5) 589
18. Nebraska (10-4) 426
19. Boise State (11-2) 420
20. TCU (7-6) 400
21. UCLA (9-5) 202
22. Northwestern (10-3) 186
23. Wisconsin (8-6) 172
24. Southern California (7-6) 165
25. Oregon State (9-4) 135

Others receiving votes: Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) (7-5) 101; Michigan State (7-6) 89; Baylor (8-5) 80; Virginia Tech (7-6) 65; Fresno State (9-4) 62; Arizona State (8-5) 51; Mississippi (7-6) 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young (8-5) 20; North Carolina (8-4) 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio (9-4) 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona (8-5) 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina (8-5) 3; Kent State (11-3) 3; Mississippi State (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Central Florida (10-4) 2; Arkansas (4-8) 1; Arkansas State (10-3) 1; Rutgers (9-4) 1; Tennessee (5-7) 1; Toledo (9-4) 1.

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54 comments

Smirks August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Time to feed the Clowney.

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Smirks August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Time to feed the Clowney.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Someone gave Tennessee a vote? Jesus…

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southmauldin August 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The same guy that gave Arkansas a vote.

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CNSYD August 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

SOS used to vote for Duke in the first coaches poll of the year.

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GreenvilleLwyr August 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Someone gave Tennessee a vote? Jesus…

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southmauldin August 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The same guy that gave Arkansas a vote.

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CNSYD August 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

SOS used to vote for Duke in the first coaches poll of the year.

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Elite August 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Gooooooooooooo COCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Norma Scok August 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Every time I see a cock fan (heh) write this, it always reads back to me as “goooo” As in, well, goo. It adds a different meaning to that whole homoerotic phrase.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

“You can’t lick our ‘cocks!”

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zip it August 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

That’s sexist. You have no way to know this was written by a guy. That’s like saying all Clemson fans are chicks because the are nothing more than little pussies.

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terry the tater August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

yes they are, and they need to douche down there. It smells in that place.

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Elite August 1, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Gooooooooooooo COCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Norma Scok August 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Every time I see a cock fan (heh) write this, it always reads back to me as “goooo” As in, well, goo. It adds a different meaning to that whole homoerotic phrase.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

“You can’t lick our ‘cocks!”

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zip it August 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

That’s sexist. You have no way to know this was written by a guy. That’s like saying all Clemson fans are chicks because the are nothing more than little pussies.

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terry the tater August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

yes they are, and they need to douche down there. It smells in that place.

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Squishy123 August 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’m willing to bet that Clowney doesn’t live up to everyone’s hype this year. He knows he’s got a sure thing and isn’t going to do anything to risk that. If a receiver gets past him, if he doesn’t go 100%, if he sits out the 2nd half… he knows he’s still going to go #1 in the draft. It’s not as if he has to struggle and go all out to make the cut on draft day.

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Squishy123 August 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’m willing to bet that Clowney doesn’t live up to everyone’s hype this year. He knows he’s got a sure thing and isn’t going to do anything to risk that. If a receiver gets past him, if he doesn’t go 100%, if he sits out the 2nd half… he knows he’s still going to go #1 in the draft. It’s not as if he has to struggle and go all out to make the cut on draft day.

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9" August 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

GO EMORY!!!

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9" August 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

GO EMORY!!!

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Jim Sweet August 2, 2013 at 5:56 am

typicle coot crap wont come close to living up to theyre rank. never seen a more choking team in history. once they quit buying theyre boys the aboveaverage period is over. alwyas been Clemsons bitch and theyll cry when Dabo gets a few national titels.

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booger August 2, 2013 at 7:43 am

Really? 4 in a row ain’t nobodies bitch!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

Jim Sweet,

Let me guess….

You “attended CSOL and was extremely involved with the student body, faculty and administration.” ?

*TBG sure hopes that posting snark doesn’t run afoul of “liable” laws.*

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sweet jim August 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

Yabba dabba doodoo, dabo gonna luz to dem coots agin. I be saying de troof, while iz be sucking on my cows teet fur sum milk. Yee Haw GO Taters!!

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SeneseLikeChaps August 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Dunno Jim, they have a hell of a pie schedule this year. They aren’t set for their annual mauling from either Alabama and/or LSU. Granted they could always get destroyed by Georgia, Florida or Missouri, I’m not ruling out anyone (OK, I’m ruling out Coastal and UFC, hopefully the football gods won’t frown on that bit of arrogance), but looking past years, I don’t think SEC East seems entirely fool headed.

Now beating SEC West at the Georgia Dome, well I’ve got my doubts, but we’ll see.

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put down the pipe August 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Pie schedule? what the F are you smoking? 4 teams in the top 25? 3 in the top 10? Back to back to back weeks away in Arkansas, Mizzou and Tennessee (not that they are that great but 3 weeks in a row of travel that far away is not easy) and you call that a pie schedule? I hope that isn’t swag you are smoking

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put down the pipe August 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

not to mention USC still beat Bama badly the last time the 2 played

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SeneseLikeChaps August 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

I’ve grown acclimated to the regular pummeling. By SEC standards it is a pie schedule. :)

It is an off year where you don’t have to do battle with the national champion twice a year just to play in the conference championship game.

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Jim Sweet August 2, 2013 at 5:56 am

typicle coot crap wont come close to living up to theyre rank. never seen a more choking team in history. once they quit buying theyre boys the aboveaverage period is over. alwyas been Clemsons bitch and theyll cry when Dabo gets a few national titels.

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booger August 2, 2013 at 7:43 am

Really? 4 in a row ain’t nobodies bitch!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

Jim Sweet,

Let me guess….

You “attended CSOL and was extremely involved with the student body, faculty and administration.” ?

*TBG sure hopes that posting snark doesn’t run afoul of “liable” laws.*

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sweet jim August 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

Yabba dabba doodoo, dabo gonna luz to dem coots agin. I be saying de troof, while iz be sucking on my cows teet fur sum milk. Yee Haw GO Taters!!

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SeneseLikeChaps August 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Dunno Jim, they have a hell of a pie schedule this year. They aren’t set for their annual mauling from either Alabama and/or LSU. Granted they could always get destroyed by Georgia, Florida or Missouri, I’m not ruling out anyone (OK, I’m ruling out Coastal and UFC, hopefully the football gods won’t frown on that bit of arrogance), but looking past years, I don’t think SEC East seems entirely fool headed.

Now beating SEC West at the Georgia Dome, well I’ve got my doubts, but we’ll see.

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put down the pipe August 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Pie schedule? what the F are you smoking? 4 teams in the top 25? 3 in the top 10? Back to back to back weeks away in Arkansas, Mizzou and Tennessee (not that they are that great but 3 weeks in a row of travel that far away is not easy) and you call that a pie schedule? I hope that isn’t swag you are smoking

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put down the pipe August 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

not to mention USC still beat Bama badly the last time the 2 played

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SeneseLikeChaps August 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

I’ve grown acclimated to the regular pummeling. By SEC standards it is a pie schedule. :)

It is an off year where you don’t have to do battle with the national champion twice a year just to play in the conference championship game.

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Raymond August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

Clemson fans: 113 years of the same cock joke.

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CNSYD August 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

so for 113 years the cocks have been a joke?

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oh my old bones August 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I guess the same joke Clemson is compared to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Lafayette, or even Chicago. Way back when they all had great teams and more national titles than Clemson, so they must be better football teams than Clemson. That is Clemson logic right?

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CNSYD August 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Could be. How many years has it been since Chicago lost a Division 1 football game?

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oh my old bones August 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

hey man, they might be D-III now, but they still have more national titles in the past than Clemson does, and they are always going to be a founding member of the big 10 conference using that good ole tater logic, that means they are still a better team now than Clemson is.

Raymond August 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

Clemson fans: 113 years of the same cock joke.

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CNSYD August 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

so for 113 years the cocks have been a joke?

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oh my old bones August 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I guess the same joke Clemson is compared to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Lafayette, or even Chicago. Way back when they all had great teams and more national titles than Clemson, so they must be better football teams than Clemson. That is Clemson logic right?

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CNSYD August 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Could be. How many years has it been since Chicago lost a Division 1 football game?

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oh my old bones August 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

hey man, they might be D-III now, but they still have more national titles in the past than Clemson does, and they are always going to be a founding member of the big 10 conference using that good ole tater logic, that means they are still a better team now than Clemson is.

Just Sayin' August 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Clearly USC is ranked 24th.

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Just Sayin' August 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Clearly USC is ranked 24th.

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Norma Scok August 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Clowney: The only thing that really frightens him is a textbook.

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Squishy123 August 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

7, I think that’s what Clowney got on the ACT exam.

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Norma Scok August 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Clowney: The only thing that really frightens him is a textbook.

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Squishy123 August 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

7, I think that’s what Clowney got on the ACT exam.

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