Obviously, the national opinion of South Carolina’s football team dropped after Saturday’s loss to Auburn.
The warts that we all had seen for a month were glossed over at the national and regional level by four victories to open the season. Once a team loses, that’s when the pollsters, etc., begin to start looking closer for flaws.
The good news for the Gamecocks and their fans is the opinion did not drop far. In the weekly SEC power poll conducted by the league’s beat writers, South Carolina slipped only to No. 6 in the rankings. I’ve included the poll below, and the top two teams will be no surprise.
The point I’m trying to make here is that South Carolina remains in the thick of the conference race. My guess is the few outliers among you who really thought this team was going to play for a national title had already backed off that belief before the Auburn game.
In that sense, Saturday’s loss doesn’t have to mean much for the Gamecocks’ season.
|1. LSU (6 first-place votes)||138|
|1. Alabama (6 first place votes)||138|
|6. South Carolina||89|
|9. Mississippi State||48|
|11. Ole Miss||23|