Kendall's Key Number: USC making history with win totals

Posted by JOSH KENDALL on October 31, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Victor Hampton (27) and wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23) celebrate their win over Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia, MO.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

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South Carolina’s winning percentage the last five seasons (.685) ranks fourth among SEC teams. The Gamecocks are 50-23 in that time span, and last week’s win over Missouri produced a big change in those standings.

If South Carolina had not managed to come back and beat the Tigers, they would be sixth on the list, as Georgia (50-24) and Missouri (48-24) are just a few percentage points behind.

The Gamecocks' 50 wins in the last five seasons gives them more wins than they had in the decades of the 1990s, 1960s, 1940s, 1930s, 1910s or 1900s. They aren’t as high on the “wins in last 10 years list.” South Carolina is 83-51 in the last decade, and that 61.9 percent winning pace is seventh-best among league teams in that time.

The Gamecocks have now been ranked 57 consecutive weeks in the Associated Press Top 25, which is the longest streak in school history and the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. To put that in perspective, South Carolina was ranked 59 weeks total from 1984 through 2009.

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