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Oct. 14, 2007

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks inched up in this week’s national polls, rising one spot to sixth in the Associated Press poll and four spots to eighth in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll, both announced today. In addition, the Gamecocks are ranked sixth in the country in the first edition of the BCS Standings.

The Gamecocks are 6-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference, following a 21-15 non-conference win at North Carolina. The five schools ahead of South Carolina in the BCS Standings are Ohio State, South Florida, Boston College, LSU and Oklahoma.

The No. 6 ranking in the A.P. poll is the highest for the Gamecocks since they were 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country in November of 1984. They dropped a 38-21 decision at Navy on Nov. 17, dropping them to ninth, before splitting their last two contests of that season.

The Gamecocks will host SEC rival Vanderbilt (3-3, 1-3 SEC) on Saturday, Oct. 20. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The game will be available throughout the Palmetto State on a pay-per-view basis.