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SOUTH CAROLINA JOINS CLEMSON AMONG NATION’S UNRANKED FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

By FITSNews  ||  How the mighty have fallen …

After finishing the 2013 season ranked No. 4 in the nation – and starting the 2014 campaign ranked No. 9 – head coach Steve Spurrier’s University of South Carolina Gamecocks find themselves out of the Top 25 for the first time in more than four years.

The Gamecocks plunged from No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 15 in the Amway Coaches’ poll to the “others receiving votes” section of both rankings.

It’s the first time since Week 2 of the 2010 season that South Carolina hasn’t been nationally ranked – snapping a school record streak of 69 consecutive polls.  Last week Clemson saw its streak of 50 consecutive polls snapped.  The Tigers (3-2, 1-1 ACC) remained unranked for a second consecutive week despite a 50-35 win over North Carolina.

For Gamecock fans, the plunge out of the polls was especially bittersweet given the way their team lost.

Leading Missouri 20-7 with less than seven-and-a-half minutes remaining, Spurrier’s Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2 SEC) simply couldn’t hang on – surrendering a pair of touchdowns in the waning moments of the game while sputtering offensively en route to a season low 338 total yards.

The end result?  A 21-20 loss to the Tigers (4-1, 1-0 SEC) – who climbed back into the AP Top 25 after a one week absence.

It was also bittersweet given the expectations raised by Spurrier during the offseason.

Defending national champion Florida State remained No. 1 in the AP poll, although three other teams – Oregon, Alabama and Oklahoma received first place votes.  Alabama leapfrogged Florida State to assume the No. 1 ranking in the Amway Coaches’ poll, even though the Seminoles received more first-place votes than head coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.

Here are the complete rankings …

AP TOP 25 (September 28)

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1. Florida State (27) 4-0, 1416
2. Oregon (13) 4-0, 1405
3. Alabama (13) 4-0, 1387
4. Oklahoma (7) 4-0, 1357
5. Auburn 4-0, 1272
6. Texas A&M 5-0, 1206
7. Baylor 4-0, 1149
8. UCLA 4-0, 975
9. Notre Dame 4-0, 972
10. Michigan State 3-1, 944
11. Ole Miss 4-0, 906
12. Mississippi State 4-0, 848
13. Georgia 3-1, 788
14. Stanford 3-1, 643
15. LSU 4-1, 636
16. USC 3-1, 560
17. Wisconsin 3-1, 502
18. BYU 4-0, 450
19. Nebraska 5-0, 445
20. Ohio State 3-1, 298
21. Oklahoma State 3-1, 246
22. East Carolina 3-1, 237
23. Kansas State 3-1, 216
24. Missouri 4-1, 145
25. TCU 3-0, 109

Dropped from rankings: South Carolina 13, Arizona State 15.

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 97, South Carolina 61, Clemson 52, Arizona 43, Marshall 40, Georgia Tech 37, West Virginia 24, Arkansas 18, Maryland 5, Louisville 4, North Dakota State 3, Washington 2, North Carolina State 1, Virginia 1.

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AMWAY COACHES POLL (September 28)

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1. Alabama (15) 4-0, 1477
2. Florida State (26) 4-0, 1468
3. Oklahoma (14) 4-0, 1442
4. Oregon (7) 4-0, 1407
5. Auburn 4-0, 1312
6. Baylor 4-0, 1191
7. Texas A&M 5-0, 1172
8. Notre Dame 4-0, 1072
9. UCLA 4-0, 1007
10. Michigan State 3-1, 975
11. Ole Miss 4-0, 907
12. Georgia 3-1, 824
13. Stanford 3-1, 735
14. Mississippi State 4-0, 708
15. LSU 4-1, 587
16. Wisconsin 3-1, 571
17. Nebraska 5-0, 559
18. Ohio State 3-1, 474
19. BYU 4-0, 473
20. USC 3-1, 392
21. East Carolina 3-1, 255
22. Kansas State 3-1, 253
23. Oklahoma State 3-1, 216
24. Arizona State 3-1, 148
25. TCU 3-0, 86

Dropped from rankings: South Carolina 15, Duke 23.

Others receiving votes: Missouri 83, South Carolina 82, Clemson 81, Arizona 59, Marshall 49, Georgia Tech 39, Washington 10, Louisville 8, Duke 7, North Carolina 7, Arkansas 5, Iowa 3, Minnesota 3, Texas 1, West Virginia 1, Cincinnati 1.

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Pic: Travis Bell Photography