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DEFEATS HAVE CONSEQUENCES …

Talk about a reversal of fortune …

The University of South Carolina football team traded places with the Texas A&M Aggies five days after getting routed 52-28 at Williams-Brice Stadium.  The Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1 SEC) fell from No. 9 to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 – a drop of twelve spots.  Meanwhile the Aggies (1-0, 1-0 SEC) rose twelve spots from No. 21 to No. 9.

In the Amway Coaches poll – published by USA Today – South Carolina is also ranked No. 21, while Texas A&M rose to No. 13.

Not only that, head coach Kevin Sumlin‘s squad received a pair of first place votes in the aftermath of the beat down it administered to Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (well, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward‘s Gamecocks, anyway).

Clemson University also saw its national standing diminished after getting pummeled on the road by Georgia.  Head coach Dabo Swinney‘s Tigers fell from No. 16 to No. 23 in the AP poll – a seven-spot drop.  Clemson dropped to No. 24 in the coaches’ poll. Meanwhile the Bulldogs rose from No. 12 to No. 6 in the AP poll, and climbed to No. 8 in the coaches’ poll.  Georgia also received a pair of first place votes in the AP poll.

By an overwhelming margin, FITS readers agree: South Carolina’s loss was worse than Clemson’s (even though the margins of defeat were identical).

For those of you keeping score at home, the Southeastern Conference still has eight of its fourteen teams ranked in the AP Top 25 – including four in the Top Ten (No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Georgia and No. 9 Texas A&M).  Clemson is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference squads in the poll – including top-ranked defending national champion Florida State, which held onto its No. 1 ranking despite a less-than-impressive season opening win over unranked Oklahoma State.

After a date with S.C. State, Clemson will travel to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles (1-0, 0-0 ACC) on September 20.  South Carolina will host East Carolina on Saturday – followed by Georgia on September 13.

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1. Florida State (46) 1-0, 1456
2. Alabama (1) 1-0, 1317
3. Oregon (5) 1-0, 1314
4. Oklahoma (2) 1-0, 1283
5. Auburn 1-0, 1186
6. Georgia (2) 1-0, 1114
7. Michigan State 1-0, 1093
8. Ohio State 1-0, 982
9. Texas A&M (2) 1-0, 978
10. Baylor 1-0, 962
11. UCLA 1-0, 944
12. LSU (1) 1-0, 926
13. Stanford 1-0, 886
14. USC 1-0, 729
15. Ole Miss 1-0, 525
16. Notre Dame 1-0, 519
17. Arizona State 1-0, 431
18. Wisconsin 0-1, 364
19. Nebraska 1-0, 352
20. Kansas State 1-0, 325
21. South Carolina 0-1, 196
21. North Carolina 1-0, 196
23. Clemson 0-1, 164
24. Missouri 1-0, 147
25. Louisville 1-0, 141

Dropped from rankings: Washington 25

Others receiving votes: Texas 126, Oklahoma State 94, Duke 60, Florida 49, Penn State 49, Mississippi State 49, Michigan 38, TCU 29, Washington 27, BYU 21, Marshall 18, Iowa 18, Virginia Tech 17, Tennessee 14, Cincinnati 8, West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 7, Rutgers 6, Arizona 4, North Dakota State 2, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Pittsburgh 1.

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1. Florida State (57) 1-0, 1541
2. Alabama 1-0, 1432
3. Oklahoma (2) 1-0, 1407
4. Oregon (2) 1-0, 1358
5. Auburn 1-0, 1289
6. Michigan State 1-0, 1141
7. Ohio State 1-0, 1114
8. Georgia (1) 1-0, 1108
9. Baylor 1-0, 1018
10. Stanford 1-0, 999
11. UCLA 1-0, 964
12. LSU 1-0, 912
13. Texas A&M 1-0, 895
14. USC 1-0, 713
15. Notre Dame 1-0, 605
16. Arizona State 1-0, 502
17. Ole Miss 1-0, 438
18. Nebraska 1-0, 384
19. Wisconsin 0-1, 373
20. Kansas State 1-0, 370
21. South Carolina 0-1, 272
22. Missouri 1-0, 189
23. North Carolina 1-0, 168
24. Clemson 0-1, 155
25. Texas 1-0, 150

Dropped from rankings: Washington 25

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State 106, Florida 84, Louisville 73, Mississippi State 72, Michigan 59, Washington 51, Duke 47, Brown 26, Iowa 23, TCU 23, Minnesota 16, Louisiana-Lafayette 13, Marshall 11, Virginia Tech 11, West Virginia 7, Cincinnati 7, Arizona 6, Oregon State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado State 2, Rutgers 2, Northern Illinois 2, Texas Tech 2, Boise State 1, Temple 1, Memphis 1.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography