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Miracle Win Boosts Gamecocks In Polls

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On the verge of being bounced from the Top 25 for the first time in three seasons, the University of South Carolina football team’s miraculous fourth quarter/ overtime rally against No. 5 Missouri propelled the Gamecocks upward in both national polls.

South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) climbed from No. 20 to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and from No. 20 to No. 16 in the USA Today/ Coaches’ poll on the strength of its 27-24 double overtime win over the previously undefeated Tigers (7-1, 3-1 SEC).

Steve Spurrier’s squads have now been ranked for fifty-seven consecutive weeks – the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

Meanwhile Mizzou – which still controls its own destiny in the SEC East – dropped from No. 5 to No. 10 in the AP poll and from No. 7 to No. 10 in the USA Today/ Coaches’ poll.

Alabama remained the No. 1 team in the nation in both polls, followed by Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.

Clemson remained at No. 9 in the AP poll following its 40-27 win over Maryland, but climbed two spots (from No. 10 to No. 8 in the coaches’ poll.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (October 27)

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1. Alabama (55) 8-0, 1495
2. Oregon (3) 8-0, 1432
3. Florida State (2) 7-0, 1390
4. Ohio State 8-0, 1317
5. Baylor 7-0, 1223
6. Stanford 7-1, 1189
7. Miami (FL) 7-0, 1149
8. Auburn 7-1, 1022
9. Clemson 7-1, 1007
10. Missouri 7-1, 873
11. LSU 7-2, 818
12. Texas A&M 6-2, 811
13. Oklahoma 7-1, 791
14. South Carolina 6-2, 701
15. Texas Tech 7-1, 579
16. Fresno State 7-0, 510
17. UCLA 5-2, 489
18. Oklahoma State 6-1, 483
19. UCF 6-1, 464
20. Louisville 7-1, 417
21. Northern Illinois 8-0, 290
22. Wisconsin 5-2, 262
23. Michigan 6-1, 199
24. Michigan State 7-1, 166
25. Arizona State 5-2, 133

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 25

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 132, Georgia 24, Brigham Young 22, Texas 22, Ole Miss 21, Virginia Tech 20, Oregon State 17, Florida 14, Washington 6, Minnesota 4, Ball State 4, Arizona 2, Duke 2.

USA TODAY/ COACHES’ POLL (October 27)

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1. Alabama (56) 8-0, 1542
2. Oregon (6) 8-0, 1483
3. Florida State 7-0, 1419
4. Ohio State 8-0, 1375
5. Baylor 7-0, 1293
6. Miami (FL) 7-0, 1190
7. Stanford 7-1, 1182
8. Clemson 7-1, 1064
9. Oklahoma 7-1, 933
10. Missouri 7-1, 834
11. Auburn 7-1, 804
12. Oklahoma State 6-1, 803
13. LSU 7-2, 802
14. Texas A&M 6-2, 758
15. Texas Tech 7-1, 673
16. South Carolina 6-2, 627
17. Louisville 7-1, 579
18. Fresno State 7-0, 542
19. UCLA 5-2 432
20. Northern Illinois 8-0 373
21. Michigan 6-1 309
22. UCF 6-1 300
23. Wisconsin 5-2 253
24. Michigan State 7-1 237
25. Notre Dame 6-2 83

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 19, Nebraska 21

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 57, Virginia Tech 53, Texas 31, Oregon State 22, Brigham Young 21, Houston 21, Georgia 20, Duke 8, Minnesota 6, Nebraska 6, Ole Miss 6, Florida 4, Ball State 4, Iowa 1.

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