Tigers zig zag, Gamecocks take a dive in football polls

Ever notice how at the bottom of every poll in tiny type there’s a little “+/-” symbol for the margin of error? Here’s why.

Clemson’s 52-13 victory over South Carolina State on Saturday was either so impressive or uninspiring that one poll jumped the Tigers up to No. 3 while the other dropped them the to No. 5.

Previously ranked at No. 4 on both lists, Clemson leaped over Stanford in the AP Poll but fell behind the Cardinal in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Stanford scored a 34-13 victory over San Jose State on Saturday in its season opener, while the Tigers improved to 2-0.

Voters weren’t split on which way to send the Gamecocks following South Carolina’s 41-30 loss to Georgia. The Gamecocks dropped to 13th in the AP and 14th in the USA Today after entering the game at No. 6.

The Gamecocks stay in SEC play this week when Vanderbilt visits for a 7 p.m. start. Clemson has a bye week before traveling to NC State for a Thursday night game on Sept. 19.

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