Gamecocks hold firm in AP poll

South Carolina held firm with its No. 12 ranking following its 38-20 win over Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2) are one of six teams from the Southeastern Conference ranked in the top 12 in the country.

Senior D.J. Swearinger

Head coach Steve Spurrier and his team closed out the 2012 conference season with six wins for the second time in school history, which was also accomplished last year. The Gamecocks have won 10 straight home games, which is the second longest streak in school history.

South Carolina has now been ranked for 43 consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25, which continues to extend its school record.

As for the rest of the country, the poll has taken on a different shape. Alabama received all 60 first place votes a week ago but the Crimson Tide fell behind by three touchdowns early and couldn’t complete a comeback in the 29-24 loss to Texas A&M at home on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to No. 4 in the country, which is one spot ahead of Georgia. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 5 nationally after their 38-0 road victory against hapless Auburn.

Florida, which entered the week ranked No. 7, held its spot in the rankings despite needing a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the game’s final seconds to beat Louisiana-Lafayette.

Texas A&M was the biggest mover in the conference jumping six spots in the rankings with its defeat over former top-ranked team Alabama. The Aggies, in their first season in the SEC, are now ranked No. 9 nationally.

Former No. 22 Mississippi State dropped out of the rankings after its 37-17 loss to LSU on the road. The Tigers moved up a spot to No. 8 in the country ahead of Florida State.

Spurrier will speak to the media today at 2 p.m. on his teleconference. The team returns to the practice field on Monday at 7 p.m. in preparation for Saturday’s 1 p.m. against Wofford at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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