Gamecocks, Tigers among top 10 in both college polls

For the first time this season and for many seasons in the past, South Carolina and Clemson are ranked in the top 10 of both major college football polls.

The Gamecocks (3-0), following their 49-6 victory over UAB on Saturday, jumped to No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Tigers (3-0), coming off a 41-7 win over Furman, are ranked No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 10 in the AP poll, putting the two Palmetto State squads in rare territory together.

Both Clemson and South Carolina will put their rankings on the line next Saturday, when the Tigers travel to Florida State and the Gamecocks play host to Missouri.

Alabama and LSU, which played in the BSC title game last January, were back in the top two spots in both the latest Associated Press media and USA Today coaches college football polls, which were released Sunday.

Alabama retained the top spot with 58 first-place votes in the media poll while LSU moved into No. 2 with two first-place votes, replacing Southern California. In the coaches’ poll, Alabama had 54 first-place votes to six for LSU.

Southern Cal, which was the preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll, lost to Stanford 21-14 on Saturday and fell from No. 2 to 13th in AP and 12th in USA Today. Stanford shot past the Trojans, from No. 21 to No. 9 in the media poll and No. 11 in the coaches poll.

Oregon, Florida State and Georgia rounded out the top five in the media poll while Oklahoma was No. 5 in the coaches poll ahead of Georgia.

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