Sitting and watching the action unfold for the weekend, there was some good news and some bad news for Clemson in the rankings, while it was all golden for South Carolina.
The Tigers held pat at No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll, losing a slight bit of ground to SEC teams around them as No. 7 Auburn increased its lead over Clemson and No. 9 Missouri crept closer to Clemson. Auburn smashed Tennessee 55-23 and Missouri smacked Kentucky 48-17, each producing dominating road efforts against inferior league foes.
The next chance for Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC), which is assured second place in the ACC Atlantic Division, to make a statement is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against 6-3 Georgia Tech.
South Carolina benefitted from LSU’s loss to Alabama and Oklahoma’s defeat to Baylor, leaping two spots to No. 11. The Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) have an excellent chance to hop into the top ten of the BCS Standings, released Sunday night.
USC hosts reeling Florida (4-5) Saturday at 7 p.m.
The USA Today coaches poll has the Palmetto State rivals, who clash in Columbia Nov. 30, pointed in slightly opposite directions. The coaches pushed Clemson to No. 6 barely above Oregon, a two-point differential in the voting. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is No. 10 via the coaches, keeping South Carolina at No. 12 going into next week.