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The University of South Carolina football team improved its standing in the national polls on the strength of its 36-14 victory over Mississippi State this weekend.

Head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) climbed from No. 14 to No. 13 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll thanks to their convincing homecoming win over the Bulldogs. They also climbed from No. 16 to No. 15 in the USA Today/ Coaches’ poll.

South Carolina has now been ranked in 58 consecutive AP polls – tying Stanford for the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

Clemson also gained ground after pummeling Virginia 59-10 on the road in Charlottesville. Head coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) moved from No. 9 to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 and from No. 8 to No. 7 in the coaches’ poll.

The Gamecocks and Tigers will do battle on November 30 in Columbia – but not before each team enjoys a week off, one final conference game and a tune-up against an FCS opponent.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (November 3)

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1. Alabama (52) 8-0, 1491
2. Oregon (2) 8-0, 1418
3. Florida State (6) 8-0, 1409
4. Ohio State 9-0, 1315
5. Baylor 7-0, 1234
6. Stanford 7-1, 1214
7. Auburn 8-1, 1082
8. Clemson 8-1, 1059
9. Missouri 8-1, 956
10. LSU 7-2, 863
11. Texas A&M 7-2, 861
12. Oklahoma 7-1, 816
13. South Carolina 7-2, 769
14. Miami (FL) 7-1, 737
15. Oklahoma State 7-1, 662
16. UCLA 6-2, 515
17. Fresno State 8-0, 493
18. Michigan State 8-1, 478
19. UCF 6-1, 472
20. Louisville 7-1, 385
21. Wisconsin 6-2, 342
22. Northern Illinois 9-0, 322
23. Arizona State 6-2, 197
24. Notre Dame 7-2, 164
25. Texas Tech 7-2, 102

Dropped from rankings: Michigan 23

Others receiving votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, Brigham Young 28, Ole Miss 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Washington 6, Michigan 6, Ball State 4, Duke 1.

USA TODAY/ COACHES’ POLL (November 3)

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1. Alabama (54) 8-0, 1540
2. Oregon (5) 8-0, 1475
3. Florida State (3) 8-0, 1436
4. Ohio State 9-0, 1369
5. Baylor 7-0, 1299
6. Stanford 7-1, 1222
7. Clemson 8-1, 1121
8. Oklahoma 7-1, 971
9. Missouri 8-1, 961
10. Auburn 8-1, 959
11. Oklahoma State 7-1, 864
12. LSU 7-2, 835
13. Texas A&M 7-2, 800
14. Miami (FL) 7-1, 747
15. South Carolina 7-2, 722
16. Louisville 7-1, 569
17. Fresno State 8-0, 567
18. UCLA 6-2, 494
19. Michigan State 8-1, 446
20. Northern Illinois 9-0, 409
21. UCF 6-1, 340
22. Wisconsin 6-2, 333
23. Texas Tech 7-2, 217
24. Arizona State 6-2, 130
25. Notre Dame 7-2, 108

Dropped from rankings: Michigan 21

Others receiving votes: Texas 77, Georgia 25, Houston 24, Brigham Young 19, Minnesota 18, Michigan 14, Nebraska 12, Duke 11, Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Ball State 4, Ole Miss 3, Oregon State 2, Arizona 1, USC 1.

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