Clemson now No. 3 in AP poll; Gamecocks drop out of Top 10

  • Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 12:50 p.m., Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 3:08 p.m.
Clemson fans cheer on their Tigers during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday against, Sept. 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.(AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

South Carolina dropped seven spots in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and out of the top 10 after a 41-30 loss to Georgia at Sanford Stadium.

The Gamecocks (1-1) were ranked No. 13, sandwiched by the Panhandle State. (USC was ahead of No. 14 Oklahoma and behind No. 12 Oklahoma State.) The Gamecocks certainly are not out of the hunt for a BCS bowl bid after one loss. Of the nation's one-loss teams, USC ranks second behind Georgia.

USC was ranked No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Bulldogs (1-1) climbed two spots to No. 9 in the AP poll, recovering from an opening loss to Clemson.

The Tigers (2-0) climbed one spot to No. 3 in the poll after a 52-13 home win against South Carolina State, jumping No. 4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes (2-0) beat San Diego State 42-7 on Saturday, but quarterback Braxton Miller sprained his left knee in the win.

Alabama retained its top spot in the AP poll, despite an idle week. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Louisville, LSU, Georgia and Florida State. That's four from the SEC, two from the ACC, two from the Pac-12, one from the Big Ten and one from the AAC.

Read more about Clemson's rise in the polls at Aaron Brenner's blog.

Read more about South Carolina's drop in the polls at Ryan Wood's blog.

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