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Gamecocks Climb To No. 8 In BCS

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SOUTH CAROLINA ADVANCES IN COMPOSITE POLL

After a one week absence, the University of South Carolina is back in the Top Ten … at least according to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.

Can the Gamecocks stay there without star running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a devastating injury to his right knee during USC’s 38-35 win over the Tennessee Volunteers?  That remains to be seen … although South Carolina did win five of its final six games a year ago after Lattimore suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee.

Despite a shaky performance against a team that hasn’t won a single conference game this season, head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) climbed from No. 13 to No. 8 in the BCS.  How’d they pull that off?   Well for starters four teams ahead of them in the rankings – No. 7 Oregon State, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Southern Cal and No. 11 Mississippi State – all got beat.

So that helped …

South Carolina is ranked No. 11 according to both the Associated Press and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls.

As has been the case all season, the Southeastern Conference continues to dominate the rankings with five teams in the Top Ten – No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida and No. 8 South Carolina.  However with Florida’s loss to Georgia, Alabama is now the SEC’s only undefeated team – which means for the first time this season a non-SEC team, Kansas State, is currently in the No. 2 spot in the BCS.

The Wildcats – who have blown out a pair of Top 15 opponents in each of the last two weeks – have a pair of games remaining against ranked opponents (No. 24 Oklahoma State on Nov. 3 and No. 23 Texas on Dec. 1).

Due to its weak ACC schedule, Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) is ranked No. 13 in the BCS poll.  The Tigers – who whipped Wake Forest on Thursday night – are ranked No. 9 and No. 10 by USA Today and AP, respectively.

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BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STANDINGS (October 28, 2012)

1. Alabama .9759
2. Kansas State .9400
3. Notre Dame .9147
4. Oregon .9136
5. LSU .8163
6. Georgia .7753
7. Florida .7604
8. South Carolina .5968
9. Florida State .5743
10. Louisville .5661
11. Oregon State .5559
12. Oklahoma .5454
13. Clemson .5095
14. Stanford .4863
15. Mississippi State .3913
16. Texas A&M .3593
17. USC .3509
18. Texas Tech .3242
19. Boise State .3123
20. Nebraska .2568
21. West Virginia .2512
22. Arizona .1692
23. Texas .1640
24. Oklahoma State .0893
25. Louisiana Tech .0784

PREVIOUS BCS RANKINGS 12-3

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