Gamecocks No. 6, Clemson No. 8 in preseason AP poll

South Carolina is the No. 6 team in the country and Clemson is No. 8, according to the Associated Press college football preseason poll.

The No. 6 ranking for the Gamecocks is the highest preseason AP ranking in school history. The Gamecocks were ranked ninth in last year’s AP preseason poll. They were ranked seventh in the first 2013 USA Today/Coaches poll, released earlier this month.

“I hope we can live up to it,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “It’s flattering. I don’t know if we can live up to it or not, but we’ll try.”

Defending national champion and SEC rival Alabama received 58 of the 60 first-place votes to easily take the top spot in the first poll of the year. Ohio State, Oregon and Stanford follow the Crimson Tide in the next three spots.

The Gamecocks garnered 1,154 points to rank between two other SEC schools, No. 5 Georgia (1,249) and No. 7 Texas A&M (1,104). Clemson, Louisville and Florida, the fifth SEC school, round out the top-10.

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