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No. 83? ESPN football rankings unkind to USC

The South Carolina football program hasn’t exactly been a model of success throughout its history. But the 83rd-best Football Bowl Subdivision program in the nation since 1936?

Yep, that’s the conclusion ESPN.com has come to with its Prestige Rankings, which it released throughout the past week.

Point values were assigned for certain successes (win a national title, earn 25 points) and failures (program banned from the postseason, lose two points).

The rankings obviously were not kind to the Gamecocks, though Clemson came in at a tie for 22nd. What do you think about the rankings? Let your opinion be heard in the fan forums here at GoGamecocks.com or at the bottom of this story.

The rankings:

  • 1. Oklahoma
  • 2. Southern Cal
  • 3. Ohio State
  • 4. Notre Dame
  • 5. Nebraska
  • 6. Alabama
  • 7. Texas
  • 8. Michigan
  • 9. Florida State
  • 10. Miami
  • 11. Penn State
  • 12. Tennessee
  • 13. LSU
  • 14. FLorida
  • 15. Georgia
  • 16. UCLA
  • 17. Washington
  • 18. Georgia Tech
  • 19. Arkansas
  • 20. Texas A&M
  • 21. Auburn
  • t-22. Clemson
  • t-22. Colorado
  • 24. Mississippi
  • 25. BYU
  • 26. Michigan State
  • 27. Pittsburgh
  • 28. Arizona State
  • 29. Syracuse
  • 30. Iowa
  • t-31. Maryland
  • t-31. TCU
  • 33. Minnesota
  • 34. Wisconsin
  • 35. West Virginia
  • 36. Missouri
  • 37. Virginia Tech
  • 38. Duke
  • 39. Army
  • 40. Boston College
  • 41. North Carolina
  • 42. Texas Tech
  • 43. Utah
  • 44. California
  • 45. Stanford
  • 46. Navy
  • 47. Houston
  • 48. Miami (Ohio)
  • 49. Illinois
  • 50. Purdue
  • 51. Wyoming
  • 52. Toledo
  • 53. Oregon
  • 54. Boise State
  • 55. Fresno State
  • 56. Oregon State
  • 57. Air Force
  • 58. North Carolina State
  • 59. Louisville
  • 60. Arizona
  • 61. SMU
  • 62. Ricev
  • 63. Baylor
  • 64. Tulsa
  • 65. Oklahoma State
  • 66. Virginia
  • 67. Southern Miss
  • 68. Bowling Green
  • t-69. Kentucky
  • t-69. Kansas
  • t-71. San Diego State
  • t-71. Nevada
  • 73. Hawaii
  • 74. San Jose State
  • 75. Colorado State
  • 76. Kansas State
  • t-77. Washington State
  • t-77. Central Michigan
  • 79. Marshall
  • 80. Northwestern
  • 81. Mississippi State
  • 82. Cincinnati
  • 83. South Carolina
  • 84. Ball State
  • 85. Troy
  • 86. East Carolina
  • 87. South Florida
  • t-88. North Texas
  • t-88. Florida Atlantic
  • 90. Connecticut
  • 91. Central Florida
  • 92. Louisiana Tech
  • t-93. Ohio
  • t-93. Tulane
  • t-95. Utah State
  • t-95. Middle Tennessee
  • t-95. Wake Forest
  • 98. Western Michigan
  • 99. Northern Illinois
  • 100. UNLV
  • 101. Rutgers
  • 102. Indiana
  • 103. Buffalo
  • 104. New Mexico
  • t-105. UAB
  • t-105. Florida International
  • 107. Arkansas State
  • 108. Akron
  • 109. La. Lafayette
  • 110. Memphis
  • 111. UTEP
  • 112. La. Monroe
  • 113. Eastern Michigan
  • 114. Iowa State
  • 115. Temple
  • 116. Kent State
  • 117. New Mexico State
  • 118. Idaho
  • 119. Vanderbilt
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