There were a couple of weeks during the season in which South Carolina won and didn’t move up in the rankings. This week, the Gamecocks (10-2) moved up without needing to play.
South Carolina jumped four spots in the Associated Press poll and finished the regular season ranked No. 10 in the country. The Gamecocks are the fourth-highest team in the Southeastern Conference behind No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, and No. 7 Arkansas. The Tigers are the consensus No. 1 team in the land again garnering all 60 first-place votes.
South Carolina faced three opponents ranked in the final AP Top 25 – No. 7 Arkansas, No. 14 Clemson, and No. 18 Georgia.
The Gamecocks moved up four spots in the USA Today/Coaches Poll as well moving from No. 13 all the way to No. 9 nationally. The same SEC teams are ranked in the same spots ahead of head coach Steve Spurrier’s team.
South Carolina will now await the official announcement of its bowl destination. A press conference is scheduled for tonight at 8:30 p.m., but it is possible an announcement could come prior to the meeting with Spurrier.
The Capital One Bowl Twitter feed said it hoped to break the official announcement. TheBigSpur.com’s Tony Morrell and other outlets are reporting that the Gamecocks will be selected by the Orlando, Fla.-based bowl as the first non-BCS team from the Southeastern Conference.
No. 13 Michigan and No. 21 Nebraska are the top two teams that are expected to be selected by the Capital One Bowl as the Big Ten representative. The Wolverines would be the top choice, but could be selected for a BCS at-large bid. If that happens, the Cornhuskers are expected to get the nod.