The stage is set for a historic Clemson-South Carolina clash.
Never before have the Tigers and Gamecocks met on a football field with both teams ranked in the Associated Press top 10.
That’ll change Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, when No. 6 Clemson visits No. 10 South Carolina at 7 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN2.
Clemson hopped one spot, and South Carolina grabbed two higher rungs, as a result of easily dismissing FCS foes Saturday and watching other top teams fall. Oregon plummeted to No. 12, and Texas A&M to No. 19, as a result of losing respectively to Arizona and LSU on the road.
Alabama and Florida State retained their stronghold on the 1-2 spots, while the only other undefeated team from a BCS conference, Ohio State, jumped to No. 3. Auburn is No. 4, and hosts the top-ranked Tide Saturday with the winner bound for the SEC championship game Dec. 7 in Atlanta.
There, the Alabama-Auburn winner will face No. 5 Missouri if it defeats Texas A&M, or South Carolina if Mizzou loses to the Aggies.
No. 7 Oklahoma State jumped four spots by virtue of beating Baylor, which fell six spots to No. 9. No. 8 Stanford, which locked up a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with Oregon’s loss, rounds out the top ten. The Cardinal will face No. 13 Arizona State.
No. 15 LSU is the last SEC ranked team, giving the league six ranked squads (three in the top five). Duke is the third ranked ACC team, checking in at No. 25.