Steve Spurrier is excited as the Gamecocks are now just 9 days away until kickoff.
9 is the final ranking of South Carolina in last season's AP Poll.
The Gamecocks actually finished higher at 8 in the Coaches' Poll.
The minor disparity isn't due to a disagreement among voters.
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Southern Cal wasn't allowed in the Coaches' Poll.
Nonetheless, it was a consensus Top 10 finish, the first for the program and a great milestone to build on.
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