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BCS: Gamecocks No. 13

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COMPOSITE POLL MORE FAVORABLE TO SOUTH CAROLINA

Despite a humiliating loss to No. 2 Florida in “The Swamp” last weekend, the University of South Carolina football team only dropped six spots in this week’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.

Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) fell from No. 7 to No. 13 in the composite rankings – a less precipitous plunge than the one they experienced in the AP Top 25 and USA Today/ Coaches’ poll (USC fell eight spots in those rankings, from No. 9 to No. 17 and No. 8 to No. 16, respectively).

Thirteen, sixteen, seventeen … all three of those spots are probably higher than the Gamecocks deserve given the way they’ve been playing of late.  After spotting the Gators a 21-6 halftime lead (thanks to three costly fumbles), Spurrier’s team simply gave up in the second half in Gainesville.  Frankly we were amazed that South Carolina – which was ranked as high as No. 3 earlier this year – remained in the top twenty after such a performance, in any poll.

Still, Gamecock fans will take it … and pull for their team to duplicate the same level of intensity it showed two weeks ago during a 35-7 evisceration of then-No. 5 Georgia.

What will the rest of the season hold for the Gamecocks?  If they play the way they did against Florida, not much.  If they play the way they did against Georgia, they could equal last year’s history-making 11-win season – possibly improving on their best-ever No. 9 finish a year ago.

While South Carolina’s next three opponents are unranked, there will be plenty of carnage to come for the teams ranked ahead of them in the BCS – which means there will be plenty of opportunities to move up in the rankings.

Next weekend No. 1 Alabama plays No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 2 Florida plays No. 10 Georgia, No. 3 Kansas State plays No. 14 Texas Tech and No. 5 Notre Dame plays No. 8 Oklahoma.  The following week  top-ranked Alabama plays No. 6 LSU while No. 4 Oregon plays No. 9 Southern Cal.

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BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STANDINGS (October 21, 2012)

1. Alabama .9625
2. Florida .9310
3. Kansas State .9111
4. Oregon .8966
5. Notre Dame .8512
6. LSU .7862
7. Oregon State .7421
8. Oklahoma .7126
9. USC .5767
10. Georgia .5379
11. Mississippi State .5265
12. Florida State .4925
13. South Carolina .4797
14. Texas Tech .4736
15. Rutgers .4703
16. Louisville .4196
17. Stanford .3850
18. Clemson .3692
19. West Virginia .2178
20. Texas A&M .2123
21. Boise State .2070
22. Michigan .1898
23. Texas .1221
24. Ohio .1171
25. Wisconsin .0593

PREVIOUS BCS RANKINGS 1-2

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