Gamecocks Get Best Finish Ever, Again

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(WOLO) -- For the second straight season, Gamecock football finishes with its best ranking ever. USC finished #7 in the final coaches poll and #8 in the last Associated Press poll.

Carolina football finished the 2011 season in the top 10 for the first time. USC was #8 in the coaches poll last year and #9 in the AP poll.

For the first time ever, one conference finished with five of the top ten ranked teams. The SEC finished with three of the top five teams and five of the top ten. All five of those SEC teams' starting quarterbacks are set to return for the 2013 season.

USA Today Coaches Poll
Rank Team Record Pts 1stPlcVotes PvsRank
1 Alabama 13-1 1400 56 2
2 Oregon 12-1 1322 0 3
3 Notre Dame 12-1 1253 0 1
4 Georgia 12-2 1213 0 5
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1171 0 9
6 Stanford 12-2 1167 0 8
7 South Carolina 11-2 1064 0 10
8 Florida St. 12-2 942 0 12
9 Clemson 11-2 916 0 13
10 Florida 11-2 886 0 4
11 Kansas St. 11-2 841 0 6
12 LSU 10-3 775 0 7
13 Louisville 11-2 772 0 18
14 Boise St. 11-2 633 0 15
15 Oklahoma 10-3 600 0 11
16 Northwestern 10-3 580 0 17
17 Utah State 11-2 444 0 20
18 Texas 9-4 398 0 25
19 Oregon St. 9-4 366 0 14
20 Vanderbilt 9-4 248 0 NR
21 San Jose St. 11-2 244 0 24
22 Cincinnati 10-3 186 0 NR
23 Nebraska 10-4 175 0 21
24 Northern Illinois 12-2 156 0 16
25 Tulsa 11-3 110 0 NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 19 UCLA (9-5), No. 22 Michigan (8-5), No. 23 Wisconsin (8-6).

Others Receiving Votes
Michigan (8-5) 101; UCLA (9-5) 75; Baylor (8-5) 52; Oklahoma State (8-5) 36; Wisconsin (8-6) 18; Central Florida (10-4) 15; Arkansas State (10-3) 13; Arizona State (8-5) 10; Rutgers (9-4) 9; Kent State (11-3) 5; Louisiana Tech (9-3) 2; Arizona (8-5) 1; Ohio (9-4) 1


AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (59) 13-1 1475
2 Oregon 12-1 1358
3 Ohio State 12-0 1302
4 Notre Dame 12-1 1288
5 Georgia 12-2 1230
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1230
7 Stanford 12-2 1169
8 South Carolina 11-2 1038
9 Florida 11-2 933
10 Florida State 12-2 922
11 Clemson 11-2 889
12 Kansas State 11-2 871
13 Louisville 11-2 781
14 LSU 10-3 756
15 Oklahoma 10-3 615
16 Utah State 11-2 456
17 Northwestern 10-3 443
18 Boise State 11-2 419
19 Texas 9-4 358
20 Oregon State 9-4 303
21 San Jose State 11-2 243
22 Northern Illinois 12-2 227
23 Vanderbilt 9-4 180
24 Michigan 8-5 147
25 Nebraska 10-4 119
Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn State 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma State 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas State 28, UCF 9, TCU 9, Wisconsin 6, North Dakota State 1

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