South Carolina moved into the nation’s top 10 on Sunday, one day after beating Alabama 35-21 and knocking the Crimson Tide out of the No. 1 ranking.
Steve Spurrier knows what happened the last time his team was ranked this high in the national polls, and he doesn’t want it to happen again.
“It was wonderful for our university and football program and so forth, but we have to see where it leads us. We’ll just talk about playing Kentucky,” the Gamecocks head coach said Sunday. “We’ll get this game behind us after we watch the tape.”
The Gamecocks moved to No. 10 in the Associated Press poll, their highest ranking since Oct. 20, 2007, when they were No. 6 headed into a game against Vanderbilt. South Carolina lost that game and the next four to finish the season.
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South Carolina’s players were talking about avoiding a similar slide before the sun had set on Saturday’s victory.
“This means the world,” senior tailback Brian Maddox said. “We are going to celebrate this, and we are going to move forward to Kentucky and Vandy and Tennessee and the rest of the schedule.”
The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC) are the fourth-highest ranked SEC team this week behind No. 7 Auburn, No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 LSU.
South Carolina plays Kentucky at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.