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      Carolina ranked 7th in preseason poll

      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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