Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Look, voters were wrong, for better and for worse. It's what happens when teams are ranked before we've seen them play a game, leaning on the accomplishments of a year ago and the stars that return to drive perceptions -- and in two instances more than any others, the polls failed us this season. South Carolina and Oklahoma. Ranked No. 6 and No. 16, respectively, back in August, the reality is the Gamecocks and Sooners have looked far different than what we were told we were getting out of them. But theirs are more than cases of voters simply overrating and underrating them; they are cases of getting caught up in hype and history. We all saw the highlight of Jadeveon Clowney de-helmeting Michigan's Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl and there were believers that a defensive end could win a Heisman Trophy and put a team in a national title hunt in the SEC, where defenses reign, at No. 6 back in August. But South Carolina, which dropped to 13th in the latest Associated Press Top 2...
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