MONDAY SPORTS: Gamecocks up in latest polls; NFL week 13; Seneca JV begins season tonight

The South Carolina Gamecocks have moved up in the latest college football polls released Sunday. The Gamecocks (10-2, 6-2 SEC) are the No. 8 team in the country, according to the Associated Press, and tied with Baylor as the No. 7 team in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Gamecocks are coming off a 31-17 win over Clemson (10-2). It was Carolina’s fifth-straight win over its in-state rival. The Gamecocks have been ranked for a school record 62 consecutive weeks in the A.P. Top-25, tying for the fifth longest streak in the nation with Stanford, behind only Alabama, LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma.

The top six teams are the same in both polls. Florida State (12-0) and Ohio State (12-0) sit atop the polls, ahead of three SEC one-loss teams, Auburn, Alabama and Missouri. Auburn and Missouri will play Saturday for the SEC Championship. Oklahoma State is ranked sixth in both polls.

Clemson drops to #13 in the AP poll and #11 in the coaches poll.

If the National Championship game were today it would feature Florida State against Ohio State. the Seminoles and Buckeyes are 1 & 2 in the latest BCS standings, released Sunday night.


NFL  — WEEK 13:

Carolina Panthers 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6

Atlanta Falcons 34, Buffalo Bills 31 (OT)

Tonight’s Monday Night Football game on ESPN:

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (8:30 p.m. ET)


The Seneca Bobcats JV basketball team opens its season Monday night against the Greer Yellow Jackets. The girls team, led by head coach Natasha Rucker, will tip off at 5:30 PM. They will be followed by the boys team, under the leadership of coach Daniel Spencer.