South Carolina felt some gravity less than 24 hours after an ugly, 19-14 win against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks fell one spot in the Associated Press Top 25, from No. 11 to No. 12. They fell out of the BCS standings’ top 10, to No. 11. Both times, Oklahoma State (9-1) jumped over USC.
It was surprising to see USC fall out of the BCS top 10, no matter how ugly its win was Saturday night. First, the Gamecocks jumped one spot — from No. 12 to No. 11 — in the USA Today Coaches Poll, one of two human polls in the BCS formula. But, more than that, the Gamecocks scored .5584 last week — a comfortable .0111 lead over 11th-ranked Texas A&M.
Oklahoma State, which had an impressive win against Texas, actually jumped two spots and .1219 points in the standings to move into the top 10.
Here are a couple thoughts from Sunday night’s standings:
- Gamecocks fans looking to gripe? Of course you are. Rare is the weekend you win a game against Florida yet drop in the polls. Well, you can’t complain about the conventional win-loss column. Oklahoma State has one loss, South Carolina two. Still, the Cowboys’ lone loss was an awful one to West Virginia. It’s odd to see Oklahoma State crack the top 10 on the same weekend West Virginia lost to Kansas, a football program that can only be described as an embarrassment.
- Stanford lost at Southern Cal, its second loss of the season. Its first was against Utah, which is a bad loss. Obviously, the Gamecocks are ranked two spots below Stanford. Why? Mostly because Stanford’s win at Oregon was better than USC’s win at Missouri.
- Missouri moved up one spot to No. 8 in the BCS despite having a bye week. It could be a tough pill to swallow, given USC beat Florida and dropped one spot. The Tigers simply took advantage of Stanford moving down in the polls, sneaking in one position ahead of the Cardinal.
- Speaking of Missouri, the Tigers travel to Oxford next week for a game at Ole Miss that will mean more to the Gamecocks than anything that happens against Coastal Carolina. Ole Miss cracked the BCS standings Sunday at No. 24. Just to give you an idea of the Rebels’ chances at home against the Tigers.
- Last thing: Oklahoma State plays at Baylor on Saturday. Good chance this time next week, Gamecocks will be back in the top 10.