Gamecocks, Tigers rank in top 10 of major football polls

South Carolina and Clemson are one of 10 schools ranked in the top 15 of 11 different major preseason college football publications.

The Gamecocks are ranked as high as third by The Sporting News and as high as 15th by Phil Steele for an average of 7.9.

The range of Clemson’s ranking is from sixth (by Athlon and Scout.com) to 15th (by Steele) with an average ranking of 9.45.

The highest Clemson is ranked is sixth, by Athlon and Scout.com.  Clemson is also seventh according to Lindy’s Magazine and eighth by USA Today.  Clemson is in the top 10 in eight of the 11 publications.

Alabama is the consensus No. 1, as the two time defending champions are ranked first in nine of the 11 polls.  Only CBSSports.com and ESPN.com have Alabama ranked second. Ohio State is first in both of those polls.

The other schools ranked in the top 15 of all 11 publications are Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Stanford, Georgia, Louisville and Notre Dame.

Three major polls are yet to be released:  Associated Press, USA Today Coach’s Poll and Sports Illustrated Magazine.  Those polls won’t be released until August.

The Gamecocks and Tigers will clash in their annual season-ending showdown on Nov. 30 in Columbia.

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