Clemson and South Carolina each climbed one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll after easy wins against inferior opponents Saturday.
The Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) climbed to No. 8 in the poll following a 59-10 victory at Virginia (2-7, 0-5 ACC). They jumped ACC foe Miami after the Hurricanes’ loss at Florida State on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) also jumped Miami, moving up to No. 13. South Carolina beat Mississippi State 34-16 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Clemson and South Carolina also rose one spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Tigers are seventh, while the Gamecocks are 15th.
With four weeks until the Palmetto State Rivalry showdown, a potential top 10 matchup between South Carolina and Clemson remains alive.
Alabama maintained its grasp on No. 1, followed by Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor. Following the five remaining, undefeated BCS teams were a bundle of one-loss team, with Stanford, Auburn, Clemson and Missouri rounding out the top nine. LSU is ranked 10th, the top two-loss team in the country.
The SEC featured six teams in the poll – Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina – all in the top 13. The Gamecocks are the lowest ranked SEC team.
The ACC has three ranked teams – Florida State, Clemson and Miami – all in the top 14.