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Gamecocks Get Highest Final Ranking In School History

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The University of South Carolina football finished the 2012 season as the highest ranked squad in school history, it was announced today. The Gamecocks finished eighth in the final Associated Press poll and seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, both one spot higher than in 2011.

"I'm very proud of our team and what we accomplished this season," said head coach Steve Spurrier. "We are obviously thrilled to be ranked one spot better than we were last year and the highest in school history. Much of the credit goes to our seniors, especially the leadership provided by our captains - D.J. Swearinger, T.J. Johnson, Justice Cunningham and Shaq Wilson - which was instrumental in our success. We lose a lot of outstanding players but have a good nucleus returning for next season," continued the Head Ball Coach. "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 finished the season with an 11-2 record following a 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1, and have posted a school-record 11 wins in each of the past two seasons. Carolina has recorded the most wins in two- (22), three- (31) and four- (38) consecutive seasons in school history. In addition, the Gamecocks have been ranked among the nation's top-25 for 47 consecutive polls, the most in school history and tied for the fifth-longest current streak in the nation.

The 2012 Gamecocks defeated four teams that finished among the AP top 25 including Georgia (5), Clemson (11), Vanderbilt (23) and Michigan (24).

The SEC finished the year with five teams in the AP's top 10: Alabama (1), Georgia (5), Texas A&M (5), South Carolina (8) and Florida (9). LSU finished 14th, while Vanderbilt came in at number 23. The SEC has captured seven consecutive national championships.

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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