South Carolina ranked No. 7 in preseason USA Today poll

jkendall@thestate.comAugust 1, 2013 

Connor Shaw and the Gamecocks are No. 7 in the USA Today poll.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina will begin the 2013 season where it ended the 2012 season – at least in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 7 on Thursday when the preseason coaches poll was announced, the same spot they finished after last year’s 11-2 season.

It is unofficially the highest preseason ranking in school history as the Gamecocks official records use the Associated Press poll, which will be released later this month. South Carolina was ranked a program-best No. 9 in last year’s preseason coaches poll.

South Carolina was the fourth-highest ranked SEC team in the poll, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Texas A&M. The Gamecocks, who are ranked one spot ahead of in-state rival Clemson, have been ranked in the top 10 of the coaches poll 16 times since the beginning of 2011 season. South Carolina was ranked in the top 10 of the coaches poll only twice from 1991 to 2010.

South Carolina will face at least three teams this season who are ranked in the preseason poll – the No. 5 Bulldogs, No. 8 Tigers and No. 10 Florida.

The Gamecocks open preseason practice on Friday.

RANK   TEAMRECORD   POINTS   1ST PLACE VOTES    PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama13-11545581
2 Ohio St.12-014273NR
3 Oregon12-1139702
4 Stanford12-2126206
5 Georgia12-2125004
6 Texas A&M11-2121515
7 South Carolina  11-2113607
8 Clemson11-2104709
9 Louisville11-21010013
10 Florida11-2930010
11 Notre Dame12-187203
12 Florida St.12-284408
13 LSU10-3797012
14 Oklahoma St.8-57260NR
15 Texas9-4622018
16 Oklahoma10-3620015
17 Michigan8-55890NR
18 Nebraska10-4426023
19 Boise St.11-2420014
20 TCU7-64000NR
21 UCLA9-52020NR
22 Northwestern10-3186016
23 Wisconsin8-61720NR
24 USC7-61650NR
25 Oregon St.9-4135019

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