South Carolina and Kentucky swapped places in the SEC Country Power Poll.
The Gamecocks fell from No. 12 to 13 a day after suffering a tough 17-10 loss to the Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium.
South Carolina’s record dropped to 2-2 (1-2 SEC) while Kentucky improved to 2-2 (1-1 SEC).
Brandon McIlwain completed half of his 30 passes for 177 yards and was held to 11 yards rushing. Though the freshman quarterback wasn’t all that spectacular in his first road start, he managed the game well enough to give the Gamecocks a chance to win.
Defensively, South Carolina was tuned up by the running back duo of Stanley Williams and Benny Snell, who combined to rush 31 times for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.
South Carolina will try to avoid falling below .500 for the second time this season, but this Saturday’s game could be the toughest one in conference play. Texas A&M, the No. 2 ranked team in the SEC Country Power Poll, returns to Columbia two years after the Aggies snapped the Gamecocks’ 18-game home winning streak.
After opening the season with three of their first four games on the road, South Carolina will play every game at home in October. However, Tennessee, SEC Country’s No. 3 team in the Power Poll, closes the month in Columbia.
No. 8 Georgia also travels to South Carolina next month.
The SEC Country Power Poll consists of 22 voters, which includes several SEC Country staff members, as well as others from across the nation. Check back next week to see the Week 5 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Week 4 resultsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||262||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||234||0||4||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||227||0||7||2||5|
|5||Florida (9 - 4)||182||0||5||4||8|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||176||0||3||4||9|
|7||Auburn (8 - 5)||147||0||9||5||9|
|8||Georgia (8 - 5)||137||0||6||6||9|
|9||LSU (8 - 4)||131||0||8||6||9|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||72||0||10||10||12|
|11||Missouri (4 - 8)||69||0||11||10||14|
|12||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||13||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||23||0||12||11||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)