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Carolina ranked 7th in preseason poll

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC) – The South Carolina Gamecocks are the seventh-best team in the country, according to the preseason USA TODAY Sports Top 25 preseason football coaches poll, announced today. It is the highest preseason ranking in school history, bettering last year's No. 9 preseason ranking.

The Gamecocks garnered 1,136 points to rank between Texas A&M (1,215) and Clemson (1,047) in the coaches' poll. Alabama is the preseason favorite with 1,545 points and 58 of the 62 first-place votes. Ohio State is second with 1,427 points and three first-place votes. Two Pac-12 teams, Oregon and Stanford, hold the No. 3 and 4 positions, just ahead of three SEC squads, Georgia, Texas A&M and South Carolina. Florida comes in at No. 10, giving the SEC five schools among the nation's top 10.

The Gamecocks finished the 2012 season with an 11-2 record for the second-straight year. They were ranked seventh in the final Coaches' poll, their highest finish in school history.

The Gamecocks will begin fall practice on Friday, August 2, at 7:15 p.m. The first game is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

        Rank    School (record) Points
        1.      Alabama (13-1)  1545
        2.      Ohio State (12-0)       1427
        3.      Oregon (12-1)   1397
        4.      Stanford (12-2) 1262
        5.      Georgia (12-2)  1250
        6.      Texas A&M (11-2)        1215
        7.      South Carolina (11-2)   1136
        8.      Clemson (11-2)  1047
        9.      Louisville (11-2)       1010
        10.     Florida (11-2)  930
        11.     Notre Dame (12-1)       872
        12.     Florida State (12-2)    844
        13.     LSU (10-3)      797
        14.     Oklahoma State (8-5)    726
        15.     Texas (9-4)     622
        16.     Oklahoma (10-3) 620
        17.     Michigan (8-5)  589
        18.     Nebraska (10-4) 426
        19.     Boise State (11-2)      420
        20.     TCU (7-6)       400
        21.     UCLA (9-5)      202
        22.     Northwestern (10-3)     186
        23.     Wisconsin (8-6) 172
        24.     Southern California (7-6)       165
        25.     Oregon State (9-4)      135

Others receiving votes: Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) (7-5) 101; Michigan State (7-6) 89; Baylor (8-5) 80; Virginia Tech (7-6) 65; Fresno State (9-4) 62; Arizona State (8-5) 51; Mississippi (7-6) 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young (8-5) 20; North Carolina (8-4) 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio (9-4) 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona (8-5) 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina (8-5) 3; Kent State (11-3) 3; Mississippi State (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 3; Central Florida (10-4) 2; Arkansas (4-8) 1; Arkansas State (10-3) 1; Rutgers (9-4) 1; Tennessee (5-7) 1; Toledo (9-4) 1.

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