The Will Muschamp era in Columbia is gaining some major momentum.
South Carolina made its 2017 debut in the College Football Playoff rankings, coming in at No. 24 Tuesday night. The Gamecocks sit at 8-3 overall and are in second place in the SEC East.
That ranking will be on the line on Saturday as the Gamecocks host rival Clemson, which comes in at No. 3 in the latest rankings and is looking to defend its national championship.
Muschamp has turned around the South Carolina program in his season at the school. With a young quarterback in Jake Bentley and an improving defense, the Gamecocks could be a dark horse to contend for the SEC East title in 2018.