Gamecocks begin season in top 10

COLUMBIA, SC ( The preseason AP Poll was released on Sunday afternoon and South Carolina checked in ranked No. 9 in the country.

The Gamecocks are one of three teams from the Southeastern Conference ranked in the top 10 with Alabama coming in second behind Florida State and Auburn starting at No. 7.

South Carolina will face five teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including Texas A&M in the season-opener, which comes in at No. 22 in the poll.

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