COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s second half got off to a good start Saturday with a win, which also boosted its standing in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The Gamecocks moved up to No. 13 after their 34-28 win against Massachusetts at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The SEC Country Power Poll consists of 22 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
South Carolina held the bottom spot last week, but its win paired with a Missouri loss pulled the Gamecocks from the cellar.
Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley made his debut Saturday for the Gamecocks, throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns. It took a pair of key late plays from Bentley for the Gamecocks to hold off a UMass comeback.
The Gamecocks’ win moved their record to 3-4 overall. They are 1-4 in the SEC with conference games coming for the next three weeks. Tennessee comes to Williams-Brice on Saturday, then Missouri comes to Columbia before the Gamecocks head to Gainesville to play Florida on Nov. 12.
Tennessee ranks No. 4 in this week’s poll. Mizzou ranks No. 14 and Florida is No. 6.
Check back next week to see the Week 9 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
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)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)