Sports

Gamecocks Plummet In Polls

BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES KNOCK SOUTH CAROLINA OUT OF THE TOP TEN The University of South Carolina’s record-setting run in the Top Ten is over … Head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) fell eight spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls this week –…

BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES KNOCK SOUTH CAROLINA OUT OF THE TOP TEN

The University of South Carolina’s record-setting run in the Top Ten is over …

Head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) fell eight spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls this week – dropping from No. 9 to No. 17 and from No. 8 to No. 16, respectively.  South Carolina had been ranked in the Top Ten for a school-record ten consecutive polls dating back to last season.

Just two weeks ago, USC was the No. 3 team in the land.

“They deserved to fall further,” one longtime Gamecock fan told us, referring to the cataclysmically abysmal performance USC turned in Saturday against Florida in “The Swamp.”  South Carolina coughed up the football three times in the first half against the No. 2 Gators – spotting second-year head coach Will Muschamp’s team a 21-6 halftime lead.  USC then “played dead” during the second half as Florida rolled to a 44-11 victory.

Florida remained No. 3 in both the AP and USA Today polls with its win over the Gamecocks, and is likely to preserve its No. 2 BCS ranking.  South Carolina – ranked No. 7 in the initial BCS poll – is likely to see a similarly precipitous fall when that poll’s results are released.

Meanwhile Clemson – which manhandled unranked Virginia Tech at home this week – remained No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the USA Today rankings.

As it has all season, the mighty Southeastern Conference continues to dominate the college football landscape.  For the eighth straight week Alabama is No. 1 – although the pecking order behind them has shaken up considerably over the last few weeks.

This week the Tide are followed by Florida (No. 3), LSU (No. 6), Georgia (No. 11/12), Mississippi State (No. 12/13), South Carolina (No. 16/17) and Texas A&M (No. 21/22).

***

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (October 21)

1. Alabama (59) 7-0, 1499
2. Oregon 7-0, 1424
3. Florida (1) 7-0, 1380
4. Kansas State 7-0, 1333
5. Notre Dame 7-0, 1241
6. LSU 7-1, 1172
7. Oregon State 6-0, 1106
8. Oklahoma 5-1, 1065
9. Ohio State 8-0, 1028
10. USC 6-1, 944
11. Florida State 7-1, 872
12. Georgia 6-1, 745
13. Mississippi State 7-0, 739
14. Clemson 6-1, 713
15. Texas Tech 6-1, 653
16. Louisville 7-0, 620
17. South Carolina 6-2, 591
18. Rutgers 7-0, 539
19. Stanford 5-2, 421
20. Michigan 5-2, 300
21. Boise State 6-1, 258
22. Texas A&M 5-2, 252
23. Ohio 7-0, 181
24. Louisiana Tech 6-1, 106
25. West Virginia 5-2, 76

*Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 21.

**Others receiving votes: Toledo 49, Texas 33, Wisconsin 31, Texas Christian 29, Nebraska 24, Penn State 18, North Carolina State 13, Oklahoma State 12, Arizona 7, UCLA 7, Tulsa 6, Arizona State 5, Northern Illinois 5, Cincinnati 3.

***

USA TODAY/ COACHES’ POLL (October 21)

1. Alabama (59) 7-0, 1475
2. Oregon 7-0, 1403
3. Florida 7-0, 1329
4. Kansas State 7-0, 1326
5. Notre Dame 7-0, 1221
6. LSU 7-1, 1164
7. Oklahoma 5-1, 1084
8. USC 6-1, 1014
9. Oregon State 6-0, 974
10. Florida State 7-1, 948
11. Georgia 6-1, 850
12. Mississippi State 7-0, 800
13. Clemson 6-1, 788
14. Louisville 7-0, 720
15. Rutgers 7-0, 637
16. South Carolina 6-2, 598
17. Texas Tech 6-1, 571
18. Boise State 6-1, 407
19. Stanford 5-2, 401
20. Michigan 5-2, 264
21. Texas A&M 5-2, 229
22. West Virginia 5-2, 173
23. Ohio 7-0, 132
24. Texas 5-2, 109
25. Wisconsin 6-2, 104

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 18, Texas Christian 21, Arizona State 24.

Others receiving votes: Louisiana Tech 100, Nebraska 71, TCU 71, Cincinnati 51, Oklahoma State 37, Toledo 30, Tulsa 21, Arizona State 21, Duke 16, Northern Illinois 14, Northwestern 11, Louisiana-Monroe 7, Western Kentucky 3, UCLA 1.

PREVIOUS WEEK’S RANKINGS: Preseason2345678-9

***

Related posts

Sports

College World Series: Which Conference Will Win It All?

Erin Parrott
Sports

Gamecock Baseball Taps Paul Mainieri

Will Folks
Sports

Clemson Baseball: Denied Once Again

Erin Parrott

18 comments

MajorC October 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

OUCH!

Reply
Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It wouldn’t be fall without the annual “Cock Choke” and (forthcoming) “Clemson Collapse”

Reply
Clown October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Hey SIC…guess what?? Carolina just fumbled again!

Reply
semi October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Caption this-

Well what do you want me to do Steve?

Reply
bbarbour October 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am a Gamecock fan, but it seems that Shaw seems almost timid running the ball. It also seems that the play calling, Lattimore up the middle against LSU and Fla, was suspect at best. It seems that the play calling should be expanded, more quick passes and more sweeps to open up the middle for the runs by Lattimore up the middle. It is amazing that the offense has just disappeared the last 2 games. I certainly hope it returns.

Reply
coolhandluke October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Let the Tigs play the ‘Cocks schedule and see where they might be. Tigs only played two teams with a winning record so far and one (FSU) beat them like a rented mule. Take a look at the BCS and see where the Tigs stand. And, smile,they have WF, NCST, Duke and then the “Cocks. They have the Cocks at home and, hell, it was 2008 the last ime they won so the law of average might come into play.

Reply
Mike H October 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Cool, what the hell does Clemson have to do with the cocks two loses and their place in the standings?

Reply
Rex Angleys October 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Clemson doesn’t deserve to be in top 20. There’re schedule is of high school caliber. Tey wouldn’t be ranked at all if they had Carolina’s schedule. Much te same with woodie Georgia’s schedule.

Reply
SparkleCity October 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Go “Fighting Ducks”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With a mascot like that you’ve GOT to be TOUGH!!!

Talk about “waxing” Wofford, I remember back in the 80’s when Furman beat the crap out of South Carolina in football………..

Them Terriers are a scrappy bunch……….

Reply
Steve V October 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

I remember back in the 80’s there used to be a soviet union. Wtf does the 80’s have to do with anything?

Reply
James October 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Listen, u idiots.
I been writing about chicken curse for weeks and you all laughed at me. Now….listen.
. The curse is only the sum of low IQ, hubris, and the ability to not remember the past. In other words:
Our players are always the dumbest on the field ( in and out of school)’ they believe their own press, and worse yet, realitivly sane and intelligent people rooting for Carolina do the same, and none of them ever remember how easy it is for dumb ass college boys to go stupid.
Carolina will have a winning team when it’s I.q, reaches above retard level, the players are forced to act like humans and not rock stars, and when adults remember or learn that there are more important things in life that gamecock football.
Nuff said. Take it to the bank.
Reply

Reply
BigT October 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

“Gamecocks Plummet In Polls”…

DUH!!!!…What a Freakin’ Genius FITS is….

Reply
Really?!? October 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Did y’all look in the rear view mirror as the Tigers passed you in the polls? LOL

I bet the BCS and the coaches poll never took Clemsons schedule into consideration when they ranked us! Geez….Really?

Don’t hate. This is y’alls normal M.O. Win a few games, crown yourself the new national power, talk shit about Clemson then get on national TV and “lay an egg” or “choke on a chicken bone”. Whichever ou prefer! Go Cocks!

Reply
BigT October 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

hey FITS: GALLUP: Romney 52% 0bma 45%

Why is your Dumb @$$ IGNORING that one…???..

Are you feelin’ the SHAFT up The Butt???

Reply
Skidmarks October 22, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a sorry weekend.

At least Two-Gloves won.

Reply
Petey October 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

I don’t know if “plummet” is the correct word, they’re about where they should be, “overrated” is a better word.

Reply
james the foot soldier October 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

“That’s another Krispy Kreme Gamecock fumble at the 1 yard line…stop by your local Krispy Kreme retail outlet after the game for donuts dropped on the floor for only 50 cent….”

Reply
BradWarthenSucks October 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thank you Todd “Gravel” Ellis.

Reply

Leave a Comment