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Sept. 16, 2012

The University of South Carolina football team climbed one spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, it was announced today.

The Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) moved up to No. 7 in the AP poll and to No. 8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll following a convincing 49-6 win over UAB (0-2) on Saturday night. It’s Carolina’s highest AP ranking since they checked in at No. 6 after defeating North Carolina in 2007 to improve to 6-1.

The top four teams in both polls are identical. Alabama sits atop both polls, followed by SEC rival LSU, Oregon and Florida State. Georgia and Oklahoma are flip-flopped in the No. 5 and 6 slots, with South Carolina and West Virginia flip-flopped for the No. 7 and 8 spots in the two national polls.

The Gamecocks are tied with Stanford for the fifth-longest consecutive weeks streak of being ranked in the Top-25. Only Alabama, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma have been ranked for more consecutive weeks than the Gamecocks and Cardinal.

South Carolina will host Missouri (2-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. That 3:30 p.m. ET contest will be televised nationally by CBS, with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson working the booth and Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.