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ESPN's Desmond Howard Didn't Include South Carolina In His Top-25 Power Rankings This Week

This is confusing.

South Carolina is the No. 14 team in America in this week's AP Poll and the No. 16 team in the Coaches' Poll. The Gamecocks looked incredibly impressive in a 38-35 home win over then-No. 6 Georgia. The win propelled South Carolina to 2-1 on the young season, and the team is now second in the SEC East, behind only Florida.

Despite this, in his top-25 power rankings for ESPN that were posted today, college football analyst Desmond Howard did not include South Carolina. Here are Howard's rankings:

  1. Florida State
  2. Oregon
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Alabama
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Auburn
  7. LSU
  8. Baylor
  9. Georgia
  10. Ole Miss
  11. Missouri
  12. Stanford
  13. UCLA
  14. BYU
  15. Michigan State
  16. Notre Dame
  17. Arizona State
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Kansas State
  20. Nebraska
  21. USC
  22. North Carolina
  23. Ohio State
  24. Washington
  25. TCU

Could this be a simple mistake on Howard's part? It's certainly possible. For all we know, he thinks that the Gamecocks are one of the elite teams in America and he simply forgot to include the team. However, it's a pretty egregious error if that happened.

But if Howard thinks that there are 25 teams in America better than South Carolina, he's wrong. The Gamecocks looked bad against Texas A&M in their season opener, but they have looked very good ever since that happened.

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