It's not often that I promote a team that lost to an FBS squad, never mind promoting a team to No. 1 after such a loss. But that's exactly what I did after Jacksonville State came a couple of bold plays away from upsetting Auburn, a team who legitimately is seen as one that could be in the FBS College Football Playoff at the end of the regular season.
It was very compelling TV, even I find myself second-guessing head coach John Graas' decision to take a knee and play for overtime instead of taking a shot to win. It didn't make sense from my perspective to play for OT in that spot, but... it still was impressive, even in defeat. The Gamecocks barely eked out Coastal Carolina for the new No. 1 spot to me.
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