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South Carolina Slips, Clemson Rises

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The University of South Carolina football team slipped out of the Bowl Championship Series’ Top Ten this week after an underwhelming victory over unranked Florida – falling one spot to No. 11.

Meanwhile Clemson University climbed from No. 8 to No. 7 following its 55-31 evisceration of unranked Georgia Tech.

The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC) will host in-state FCS foe Coastal Carolina this weekend – the first-ever meeting between the two programs – while Clemson (9-1, 7-1 ACC) welcomes in-state FCS rival The Citadel.

After that? It’s on … namely the 110th installment of Carolina-Clemson, in which Steve Spurrier’s squad looks to win five straight over the Tigers for the first time in the history of the series.

Right now that’s looking like a tall order, though …

After getting blown out by then-No. 5 Florida State last month, Clemson has been on a roll – putting up 154 points and amassing 1,701 yards over its last three games. And before anyone starts talking trash about the Tigers padding their stats against weak ACC schools, Clemson has won three of its last four games against the mighty Southeastern Conference.

Speaking of the SEC, two-time defending national champion Alabama remained atop the BCS standings followed by No. 2 Florida State. On the outside looking in? Ohio State and Baylor – both of whom are also undefeated this year.

This is the final year of the BCS – the controversial computer system created in 1998 to provide fans with a “true national championship game.”

Next year, a four-team playoff format will commence within the existing bowl structure – with six bowls (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Rose and Sugar) alternating as sites for the semi-final games.

BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STANDINGS (November 17)

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1. Alabama .9914
2. Florida State .9661
3. Ohio State .8869
4. Baylor .8856
5. Oregon .7917
6. Auburn .7860
7. Clemson .7681
8. Missouri .7231
9. Stanford .6238
10. Oklahoma State .5890
11. South Carolina .5883
12 Texas A&M .5394
13. Michigan State .4646
14. UCLA .4615
15. Fresno State .4134
16. Northern Illinois .3729
17. Arizona State .3414
18. UCF .3033
19. Wisconsin .2907
20. Oklahoma .2760
21. Louisville .2664
22. LSU .2645
23. USC .1070
24. Ole Miss .1048
25. Minnesota .0604

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