South Carolina drops to No. 13 in AP rankings; No. 3 Clemson kicks off at Syracuse on ABC

South Carolina dropped one spot in Sunday’s Associated Press poll to No. 13, upon rallying to beat host Central Florida 28-25 one day earlier.

The Gamecocks (3-1) were passed by Oklahoma and UCLA, but stayed ahead of Oklahoma State in the rankings. South Carolina trailed UCF 10-0 at halftime before Mike Davis’ three touchdowns saved his team from a surprise defeat, but quarterback Connor Shaw has been ruled out 2-3 weeks with a bruised shoulder. Saturday’s next test is a home game against Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Conversely, South Carolina actually improved one spot from No. 13 to No. 12 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Meanwhile, Clemson held strong at No. 3 after pelting Wake Forest 56-7 at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers (4-0) slightly increased their votes advantage over No. 4 Ohio State, which held off Wisconsin 31-24 Saturday night.

Clemson’s next game is Saturday on the road at Syracuse, and the ACC announced it will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The Tigers remain No. 4 in the coaches poll.

The AP top five remained unchanged: Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford, in order.

No. 6 Georgia jumped into LSU’s spot after beating the Tigers 44-41. Idle Louisville stayed at No. 7, followed by Florida State, Texas A&M and LSU.

No. 22 Arizona State, which throttled USC 62-41 and forced Lane Kiffin’s firing, joined the poll. So did No. 25 Maryland, which hosts Clemson Oct. 26.

Notre Dame and Wisconsin fell out of the rankings.

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