Gamecocks, Tigers ranked in Top 10 of Coaches Poll

South Carolina and Clemson received preseason Top-10 rankings from the USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released Thursday.

The Gamecocks come in at No. 7, followed immediately by the Tigers at No. 8. The two instate rivals will meet in the regular season finale on Nov. 30.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama earned the No. 1 ranking. The Crimson Tide was the overwhelming selection, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes.

Ohio State was second with three first-place votes, with Oregon, Stanford and Georgia rounding out the Top 5.

Texas A&M, the only team to beat Alabama last season, comes in at No. 6, its highest preseason ranking since 1995.

Five of Top 10 teams are from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the previous seven national championships. Alabama has won three of the past four.

Rounding out the Top 10 are South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25.

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