The nation noticed South Carolina’s performance Saturday.
The Gamecocks were the big winner Sunday when the national polls were released. South Carolina moved from No. 24 to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll, a bigger leap than anyone in the nation.
“That’s one advantage of playing two pretty good teams early, you can jump up if you’re fortunate enough to win them,” coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. “Sometimes, I see other teams’ schedules, and I think I’d like to have two of those teams to open up the season, but you have to play all these games some time or another. So the second week is as good as any.”
The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) are the fourth-highest rated SEC team in the AP poll, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 10 Florida and No. 12 Arkansas. South Carolina plays Furman on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks moved up nine places in the coaches’ poll, from No. 25 to No. 16. They are the sixth-highest rated SEC team in that poll, behind Alabama, Florida, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn.
Spurrier’s career has been full of milestones, which may be one reason his 106th SEC victory didn’t get more attention. Spurrier moved out of a tie with former Georgia coach Vince Dooley and into a tie with former Ole Miss coach John Vaught for second place in league history.
“Maybe the next one will be a little bigger to get in second place alone,” Spurrier said. “I’ve got a feeling if Nick Saban and Urban Meyer stay another 10 or 12 years, they’ll have a chance to get up there at 100, too.”
Bear Bryant has 146 conference wins.
Junior quarterback Stephen Garcia’s right hand was sore and bruised after he hit it on a Georgia player’s helmet while throwing a pass in the third quarter, but Garcia did not come to the team’s facility for treatment Sunday, indicating the hand isn’t giving him problems, Spurrier said.
Offensive tackle Hutch Eckerson (ankle sprain), tight end Mike Triglia (concussion) and defensive tackle Kenny Davis (sprained wrist) were injured Saturday, but all three are expected back this week, Spurrier said. Spur Antonio Allen (hamstring) is expected to return this week.
“We should be at full strength again this week as we play Furman,” Spurrier said.
That does not include linebacker Shaq Wilson (hamstring), who will be out until at least the Auburn game, assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said.
Spurrier offered an update on the status of suspended tight end Weslye Saunders on Sunday, but it wasn’t a very informative one.
“There’s nothing definitive been said about him. He was not cleared a week or so ago, and I haven’t heard anything different since then,” Spurrier said. “There are some university issues also, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Associated Press Poll
|2.||Ohio St. (5)||2-0||1,410||2|
|3.||Boise St. (1)||1-0||1,306||3|
Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 62, Fresno St. 48, Air Force 46, California 45, Georgia 42, Florida St. 41, Missouri 37, Georgia Tech 35, Clemson 25, North Carolina 23, Texas A&M 18, Texas Tech 17, Michigan St. 15, James Madison 11, Kansas St. 10, Oklahoma St. 10, Maryland 6, East Carolina 4, Nevada 2, Baylor 1, Boston College 1, N.C. State 1, Northwestern 1.
USA Today Coaches Poll
|Rank||Team (first-place votes)||Record||Points||Last week's ranking|
|2.||Ohio State (4)||2-0||1,410||2|
Others receiving votes: Clemson 68; Florida State 63; Oklahoma State 55; Air Force 51; Pittsburgh 50; Georgia 39; Michigan State 35; Oregon State 33; Texas Tech 28; Georgia Tech 26; North Carolina 23; Brigham Young 17; Washington 14; Nevada 12; Arizona State 11; Boston College 11; Cincinnati 11; Northwestern 10; Fresno State 9; Maryland 7; Texas A&M 7; Connecticut 5; Notre Dame 5; Virginia Tech 4; Kansas State 3; Mississippi State 2; East Carolina 1; Temple 1.