A bye week had no effect on South Carolina’s position in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Neither did Clemson’s closer-than-expected win Thursday at North Carolina State.
The Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) and Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) held their positions in the weekly poll. Clemson was voted No. 3 by the national panel, while USC stayed at No. 12.
On a weekend that included many blowouts and few quality matchups among the top 25, the top 14 teams in the AP poll were unchanged.
Alabama still leads the pack, followed by No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Stanford. LSU, Louisville, Florida State, Georgia and Texas A&M fill out the top 10, which consists of four SEC teams and two ACC programs.
The Gamecocks maintained the third-highest rank among one-loss teams, behind Georgia and Texas A&M. USC was one of seven SEC teams ranked in the top 21, a list that includes Florida. The Gators dropped one spot to No. 20 after beating Tennessee at home but losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season with a broken right leg.
Michigan made the biggest move in the poll, falling three spots to No. 18 after its second consecutive less-than-stellar win. The Wolverines (4-0) survived a Saturday night scare at UConn, winning 24-21 against a team that had previously lost to FCS opponent Towson.
Fresno State (3-0) was ranked No. 25, cracking the poll for the first time this season after ending a seven-game losing streak against Boise State on Friday.