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Gamecocks enter at No. 19; Alabama falls to No. 8

Steve Spurrier has South Carolina in the Top 25.

The Gamecocks made it to No. 19 in The Associated Press media
poll Sunday, the first time they have been in the rankings under
their new coach.

South Carolina (7-3) ended a 14-game losing streak to Spurrier's
old school on Saturday, beating Florida 30-22 in Columbia, S.C.

"Well, that's wonderful," Spurrier said Sunday when told the
Gamecocks broke into the AP rankings. "That was one of the goals,
for the team to finish the regular season ranked."

No. 1 Southern California and No. 2 Texas remained at the top of
the poll, as they have been since the preseason.

USC received 56 first-place votes and extended its record stay
at No. 1 to 30 straight polls. Texas received the remaining nine
first-place votes.

With Alabama losing to LSU 16-13 in overtime on Saturday, the
Trojans and Longhorns are major college football's only unbeaten
teams.

Miami was No. 3, followed by LSU and Penn State. Each has one
loss.

"I think Miami's clearly playing the best of the three," said
Neill Ostrout, of the Connecticut Post. "I've had them as top
one-loss team for several weeks."

Ostrout said he moved LSU past Penn State this week, but said
the Nittany Lions and Tigers are practically a tossup.

The USA Today coaches' poll had the same top five as the AP Top
25. In the Harris Interactive poll, the top 12 teams occupied the
same spots they did in the AP poll.

Notre Dame was No. 6 and Virginia Tech was seventh in the AP poll. The Crimson
Tide dropped four spots to No. 8, and Ohio State and Oregon
completed the top 10.

Auburn moved up four spots to No. 11 with a 31-30 victory over
Georgia. UCLA was 12th and West Virginia was No. 13. Georgia
dropped five spots to No. 14.

No. 15 TCU, the Mountain West Conference champion, finished its
season 10-1 with a 51-3 victory over UNLV. Fresno State, leading
the Western Athletic Conference, was No. 16.

Michigan, which has won four straight since a 3-3 start, was No.
17 heading into its rivalry game with Ohio State on Saturday.

No. 18 was Louisville, followed by South Carolina and Florida.
The 20th-ranked Gators dropped eight spots after losing to the
Gamecocks.

No. 21 Texas Tech fell eight spots after being upset 24-17 by
Oklahoma State. No. 22 Florida State has its lowest ranking of the
season after losing its second straight game, to Clemson.

The Seminoles were last unranked in 2001. The last time they
were this low in the Top 25 was 2002 when they were 23rd.

Boston College and UTEP joined South Carolina in moving into the
rankings this week.

South Carolina had been ranked for one week each of the past two
seasons under coach Lou Holtz, who retired after last season. The
Gamecocks have their highest ranking since 2001, when they ended
the season No. 13 under Holtz.

For UTEP of Conference USA, its the first time this season the
Miners have been ranked. Last season, coach Mike Price got UTEP in
the rankings for the first time in school history.

No. 25 Wisconsin lost its second straight game and dropped six
spots.

Falling out of the rankings were Georgia Tech, Colorado and
Northwestern.