For the second consecutive week, Clemson and South Carolina have moved up a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 to now sit in 10th and seventh respectively. This marks the first time in history that the two are ranked in the Top 10 at the same time with the closest previous polls being in October 1988 when South Carolina was ranked eighth and Clemson was 11th.
USC defeated the UAB Blazers 49-6 at Williams Brice Stadium on Saturday to improve to 3-0 for the season while Clemson improved to 3-0 with a 41-7 win over Furman at Death Valley.
However, no sooner than they’ve scratched the top of the poll, the Tigers will face the fourth ranked Seminoles of Florida State. This will be the marquee match-up of the weekend with not only a host of explosive athletes on the field but also, most likely, the 2012 ACC Champions.
Meanwhile, the Gamecocks are set to square off with SEC newcomer, Mizzouri, uncertain of who will fill the role of quarterback. Conner Shaw aggravated a shoulder injury on Saturday and backup QB Dylan Thompson had an impressive outing that might have earned him a start regardless of Shaw’s health.
At the top of the AP poll sit Alabama and LSU.
The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, and it was almost unanimous. The Southeastern Conference rivals were ranked first and second for eight weeks during last season before eventually meeting in the BCS title game. The difference last year was LSU was first and Alabama second – until the Tide won the national championship game.
LSU moved up to No. 2 this week after Southern California’s first loss of the season. USC slipped 11 spots to 13th after losing 21-14 at Stanford.
Rounding out the top 10: Oregon, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Stanford.
4. Florida State
7. South Carolina
8. West Virginia
11. Notre Dame
15. Kansas State
16. Ohio State
21. Michigan State
23. Mississippi State
24. Boise State