Gamecocks open season in Top 10 of AP poll

1st time USC is in the country’s top 10 to begin a season

jkendall@thestate.comAugust 18, 2012 

South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) breaks free for a long run in the first quarter of the Gamecocks game against Clemson, at Williams-Brice Stadium, Saturday, November 26, 2011.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

It’s official. South Carolina is a top 10 team.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press preseason poll, which was released Saturday, marking the first time they have been in the country’s top 10 to begin a season. The school’s previous high was the No. 12 ranking it was given heading into last season.

Three Southeastern Conference schools (No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 LSU and No. 6 Georgia) were ranked ahead of South Carolina. No. 10 Arkansas gave the SEC five of the nation’s top 10 teams.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 9 earlier this month in the USA Today coaches poll, but the school uses the AP ranking as it record keeping, meaning Saturday’s news make the status official.

RecordPtsPv
1. Southern Cal (25)10-21,4456
2. Alabama (17)12-11,4111
3. LSU (16)13-11,4022
4. Oklahoma (1)10-31,28616
5. Oregon12-21,2744
6. Georgia10-41,10719
7. Florida St.9-41,09323
8. Michigan (1)11-21,00012
9. South Carolina11-29949
10. Arkansas11-29635
11. West Virginia10-385617
12. Wisconsin11-383810
13. Michigan St.11-374211
14. Clemson10-461522
15. Texas8-5569NR
16. Virginia Tech11-354821
17. Nebraska9-448524
18. Ohio St.6-7474NR
19. Oklahoma St.12-14303
20. TCU11-239714
21. Stanford11-23837
22. Kansas St.10-330015
23. Florida7-6214NR
24. Boise St.12-12128
25. Louisville7-6105NR

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.

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