"They're not in the SEC too, so they don't really play anyone special," said
Gamecock students aren't the only ones questioning the committee's rankings, which notably leaves out Baylor, TCU and Michigan State. To put the rankings in perspective, three of the teams in last year's first rankings didn't wind up making the playoffs. But with South Carolina's upstate rival sitting pretty at number one, Carolina fans begin to wonder if Gamecock recruiting will be affected.
"I think it could have a more long-term affect. I don't think it affects many guys right now in this recruiting class. South Carolina, obviously, doesn't even know who their coach is going to be yet. That's going to have a far greater affect on this current recruiting class," said Wesley Mitchell, from Gamecocks Online.
While Clemson's campus is celebrating, South Carolina's campus is waiting for the Palmetto Bowl, where the in-state rivals will face-off. At the end of the day, a final score will trump any type of prediction. Now the Gamecocks just hope they can trump Clemson.