It's another first for coach Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks. In Saturday's preseason AP poll, USC ranks ninth, the highest preseason ranking in school history.
The Gamecocks were 12th in last season's AP preseason poll. South Carolina is also ranked 9th in this year's coaches pre-season poll released earlier this month.
Other SEC teams in the top 25 include defending national champion Alabama at number two. LSU is ranked third. Georgia is sixth. Arkansas is ranked tenth and Florida ranked 23rd.
Clemson comes in at 14th.
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