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SC, Clemson rise in Top 10 ranking after big wins

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Both Clemson and South Carolina had big football wins Saturday, sending both teams into the Top 10 at the same time for the first time in their rivaled history.

The Gamecocks climbed one spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, moving to the No. 7 and 8 rankings respectively, while the Tigers also climbed to No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the Coaches poll.

Last week, the Gamecocks were ranked eighth/ninth and the Tigers were ranked 11th. The last time both teams were ranked closely in the Top 25 was in 1988. On Oct. 3 and 10, 1988, the Gamecocks were also ranked eighth and the Tigers were ranked 11th.

The University of South Carolina beat the University of Alabama-Birmingham 49-6 in Columbia on Saturday.

The Gamecocks have a 3-0 start on the season, extending their winning streak from last season to seven games, which is the second longest streak in the school's history.

The win gave head coach Steve Spurrier his 200th career victory as a collegiate head coach.

The Tigers also climbed a few spots, ranking No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the Coaches poll.

Clemson beat Furman for the 30th straight time with a 41-7 win over the Paladins.

With the return of Sammy Watkins and Clemson's powerful offense, the Tigers had 498 yards in total offense to Furman's 352 yards.

The Tigers travel to Tallahassee, FL, to take on the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night.

This Atlantic Coast Conference battle of top 10 ranked teams is the ninth in conference history and third for the Tigers.

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