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Close, but no top 25 for USC

South Carolina’s take-down of No. 4 Ole Miss impressed some poll-voters, but not enough of them.

The Gamecocks failed to crack the top-25 in either the media or coaches’ polls that were released Sunday, although they received more consideration than they had through the preseason and first three weeks of the season.

USC is 28th in the AP poll and 29th in the USA Today poll.

Because the Gamecocks’ win came on national television on a night when it was the only game scheduled, I figured they might break in this week around No. 24 or 25.

It’s probably more of an indictment of Ole Miss, which dropped 17 spots in the writers’ poll to No. 21. The Rebs are 18th in the coaches’ poll.

Iowa made the biggest from among the unranked, soaring in at No. 13 and 17 after its annual beating of Penn State.

Georgia Tech was the only other newcomer in the AP poll, returning at 25 after the Jackets’ home win against then-No. 22 North Carolina. Seems like the Gamecocks’ win against a fourth-ranked SEC team might have counted for more than the Ramblin’ Wreck’s, but I don’t have a vote anymore.

Besides, if the Gamecocks keep winning, they’ll get in there eventually. The key is to stick once they are ranked, something they could not do the past two seasons.

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