USC Gamecocks Football

January 8, 2013

A record top 10 finish again for Gamecocks

South Carolina didn’t add any victories to the win column or conference championships to the record books this year, but they capped the season with another high water mark on Tuesday.

South Carolina didn’t add any victories to the win column or conference championships to the record books this year, but they capped the season with another high water mark on Tuesday.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll, which was released early Tuesday morning following Alabama’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS national championship game on Monday. It is the highest finish in school history, topping last year’s year end rank of No. 9.

“I’m very proud of our team and what we accomplished this season,” coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement released by the school. “We are obviously thrilled to be ranked one spot better than we were last year and the highest in school history.”

South Carolina finished an 11-2 season with a dramatic 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. It finished ranked behind fellow SEC members Alabama (No. 1), Georgia (tie, No. 5), and Texas A&M (tie, No. 5).

“Much of the credit (for the season) goes to our seniors, especially the leadership provided by our captains, D.J. Swearinger, T.J. Johnson, Justice Cunningham and Shaq Wilson,” Spurrier said. “We lose a lot of outstanding players, but have a good nucleus returning for next season. Our goals will be just as high. Our No. 1 goal is to win the SEC championship, and we'll try to accomplish that next season.”

The Gamecocks will lose three offensive starters (running back Kenny Miles, Cunningham and Johnson) and seven defensive starters (Swearinger, Wilson, defensive linemen Devin Taylor and Byron Jerideau, linebacker Reginald Bowens, spur DeVonte Holloman and cornerback Akeem Auguste) from the Outback Bowl.

South Carolina has been ranked a school-record 47 straight weeks. It is the fifth-longest streak in the nation. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 7 in the final coaches poll of the season.

AP Top 25

Record Pts Pv
1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5
3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 3
4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1
5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6
5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10
7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8
8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11
9. Florida 11-2 933 4
10. Florida St. 12-2 922 13
11. Clemson 11-2 889 14
12. Kansas St. 11-2 871 7
13. Louisville 11-2 781 22
14. LSU 10-3 756 9
15. Oklahoma 10-3 615 12
16. Utah St. 11-2 456 18
17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21
18. Boise St. 11-2 419 20
19. Texas 9-4 358 NR
20. Oregon St. 9-4 303 15
21. San Jose St. 11-2 243 24
22. N. Illinois 12-2 227 16
23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR
24. Michigan 8-5 147 19
25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (56) 13-1 1,400 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,322 3
3. Notre Dame 12-1 1,253 1
4. Georgia 12-2 1,213 5
5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,171 9
6. Stanford 12-2 1,167 8
7. South Carolina 11-2 1,064 10
8. Florida State 12-2 942 12
9. Clemson 11-2 916 13
10. Florida 11-2 886 4
11. Kansas State 11-2 841 6
12. LSU 10-3 775 7
13. Louisville 11-2 772 18
14. Boise State 11-2 633 15
15. Oklahoma 10-3 600 11
16. Northwestern 10-3 580 17
17. Utah State 11-2 444 20
18. Texas 9-4 398 25
19. Oregon State 9-4 366 14
20. Vanderbilt 9-4 248 NR
21. San Jose State 11-2 244 24
22. Cincinnati 10-3 186 NR
23. Nebraska 10-4 175 21
24. Northern Illinois 12-2 156 16
25. Tulsa 11-3 110 NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan 101; UCLA 75; Baylor 52; Oklahoma State 36; Wisconsin 18; Central Florida 15; Arkansas State 13; Arizona State 10; Rutgers 9; Kent State 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Arizona 1; Ohio 1.

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