COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Football fans in the Palmetto State have never had it better than this -- rivals Clemson and South Carolina in the top 10 nationally for the first time.
The schools have certainly had their landmark moments separately, including Clemson's 1981 national championship and the Heisman Trophy won by South Carolina's George Rogers in 1980. But the schools had never shared a spot among the country's 10 highest ranked teams before this week: the Gamecocks are seventh and the Tigers 10th.
This is also just the sixth time in history both teams have opened 3-0. The state's two FCS programs will be challenged to keep the good times going. South Carolina faces new Southeastern Conference member Missouri on Saturday while Clemson starts ACC play at No. 4 Florida State.