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SOUTH CAROLINA SLIDES SEVERAL SPOTS AFTER LOSS TO LSU, THOUGH

The University of South Carolina football team’s first loss of the 2012 season was a tremendous disappointment – but it didn’t cost head coach Steve Spurrier’s team its Top Ten national ranking.

After falling 23-21 on the road to ninth-ranked Louisiana State, South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) fell six spots in the Associated Press poll (from No. 3 to No. 9) and five spots in the USA Today/ Coaches poll (from No. 3 to No. 8).  Meanwhile LSU (6-1, 2-1 SEC) climbed from No. 9 to No. 6 in the AP poll and from No. 8 to No. 6 in the coaches’ poll.

The Gamecocks have now been ranked in the Top Ten for the last ten polls dating back to the 2011 season – the longest streak in school history.  Spurrier’s squad has also been ranked in the Top 25 dating all the way back to week two of the 2010 season – another school record.

South Carolina’s next opponent – SEC East rival Florida– is ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the coaches’ poll – meaning that the Gamecocks will be playing in a Top Ten matchup for the third straight week in a row when they head to Gainesville, Florida this weekend.

Clemson University – which had an open date this weekend – climbed two spots in the AP poll (from No. 16 to No. 14) while holding at No. 13 in the coaches’ poll.  Head coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers (5-1, 2-1 ACC) play unranked Virginia Tech at home this week.

As has been the case all season, the rankings are littered with SEC teams – starting with top-ranked Alabama, a unanimous No. 1 selection in both polls.  Behind the Crimson Tide are Florida (Nos. 3/4), LSU (No. 6), South Carolina (Nos. 8/9), Georgia (Nos. 12/13) and Mississippi State (Nos. 15/16) and Texas A&M (No. 19/20).

That’s seven of the nation’s Top 20 teams – from once conference.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (Oct. 13)

1. Alabama (60) 6-0, 1500
2. Oregon 6-0, 1436
3. Florida 6-0, 1361
4. Kansas State 6-0, 1296
5. Notre Dame 6-0, 1283
6. LSU 6-1, 1153
7. Ohio State 7-0, 1071
8. Oregon State 5-0, 1050
9. South Carolina 6-1, 1042
10. Oklahoma 4-1, 994
11. USC 5-1, 874
12. Florida State 6-1, 836
13. Georgia 5-1, 753
14. Clemson 5-1, 673
15. Mississippi State 6-0, 591
16. Louisville 6-0, 574
17. West Virginia 5-1, 552
18. Texas Tech 5-1, 444
19. Rutgers 6-0, 405
20. Texas A&M 5-1, 379
21. Cincinnati 5-0, 294
22. Stanford 4-2, 242
23. Michigan 4-2, 177
24. Boise State 5-1, 133
25. Ohio 7-0, 104

*Dropped from rankings: Texas 15, Louisiana Tech 23

**Others receiving votes: Arizona State 92, Texas Christian 88, Louisiana Tech 38, Texas 25, North Carolina State 11, Northwestern 6, Washington 6, Wisconsin 6, Nebraska 4, North Carolina 2, Tulsa 2, Penn State 1, Arizona 1.

USA TODAY/ COACHES’ POLL TOP 25 (Oct. 13)

1. Alabama (59) 6-0, 1475
2. Oregon 6-0, 1414
3. Kansas State 6-0, 1307
4. Florida 6-0, 1297
5. Notre Dame 6-0, 1251
6. LSU 6-1, 1179
7. Oklahoma 4-1, 1021
8. South Carolina 6-1, 1012
9. USC 5-1, 995
10. Florida State 6-1, 919
11. Oregon State 5-0, 839
12. Georgia 5-1, 806
13. Clemson 5-1, 741
14. Louisville 6-0, 695
15. West Virginia 5-1, 677
16. Mississippi State 6-0, 671
17. Rutgers 6-0, 495
18. Cincinnati 5-0, 456
19. Texas A&M 5-1, 397
20. Texas Tech 5-1, 274
21. Texas Christian 5-1, 272
22. Boise State 5-1, 271
23. Stanford 4-2, 215
24. Arizona State 5-1, 133
25. Michigan 4-2, 96

*Dropped from rankings: Texas 15, Louisiana Tech 24, Iowa State 25

**Others receiving votes: Northwestern 77, Ohio 54, Texas 54, Louisiana Tech 24, Wisconsin 16, Nebraska 10, Nevada 7, Oklahoma State 6, Western Kentucky 6, Iowa State 5, Northern Illinois 2, Louisiana-Monroe 2, Toledo 2, Tulsa 1, UCLA 1.

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