SHARE

For months the players have made the case for their teams on the field … while the fans (and occasionally coaches) have talked trash off of it.  All of that energy culminated this week with the release of the final polls of the 2013 college football season – and if you’re a college football fan living in the State of South Carolina, the news was all good.

Head coach Steve Spurrier’s University of South Carolina Gamecocks (11-2, 6-2 SEC) finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/ Coaches’ polls.  That’s the highest end-of-season ranking in school history – and the team’s third consecutive Top Ten finish (after the program failed to scratch the Top Ten in 117 previous years of competition).

“Being ranked No. 4 in both major polls is an honor for the University of South Carolina and for our football program,” Spurrier said in a statement. “Thanks to the players for achieving another 11-2 record. Thanks also to the coaches, the support staff and our fans for their contributions. Also thanks to the voters for thinking so highly of us. We are very appreciative and thankful for being the highest–ranked team in school history and hope to do better next year.”

Meanwhile Clemson University finished No. 7 in the USA Today/ Coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP Top 25 – the first time it has finished in the Top Ten in both polls under head coach Dabo Swinney. It’s also the school’s highest finish since winning the national championship in 1981.

Like we said before the season … “believe the hype.”

After defeating Michigan in the 2013 Outback Bowl, head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks finished last season ranked No. 8 nationally in the Associated Press and No. 7 in the coaches’ poll. Meanwhile Clemson cracked the USA/Today Top 10 (No. 9) and finished No. 11 in the AP Top 25 on the strength of its big Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU.

For the first time in eight years, a team not representing the Southeastern Conference is atop both postseason polls.  That honor belongs to Florida State (14-0, 8-0 ACC) – which closed out the Bowl Championship Era with a thrilling 34-31 victory over Auburn.

The SEC won nine of the sixteen BCS-era national titles – including seven in a row from 2006-12. Next year college football will move to a four-team playoff format.

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 (2013 FINAL)

ap

1. Florida State (60) 14-0, 1500
2. Auburn 12-2, 1428
3. Michigan State 13-1, 1385
4. South Carolina 11-2, 1247
5. Missouri 12-2, 1236
6. Oklahoma 11-2, 1205
7. Alabama 11-2, 1114
8. Clemson 11-2, 1078
9. Oregon 11-2, 974
10. UCF 12-1, 959
11. Stanford 11-3, 936
12. Ohio State 12-2, 816
13. Baylor 11-2, 778
14. LSU 10-3, 717
15. Louisville 12-1, 693
16. UCLA 10-3, 632
17. Oklahoma State 10-3, 598
18. Texas A&M 9-4, 459
19. USC 10-4, 299
20. Notre Dame 9-4, 256
21. Arizona State 10-4, 255
22. Wisconsin 9-4, 245
23. Duke 10-4, 190
24. Vanderbilt 9-4, 117
25. Washington 9-4, 109

Others receiving votes: Nebraska 107, Fresno State 57, Northern Illinois 22, North Dakota State 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 13, Iowa 13, Ole Miss 10, Kansas State 8, Arizona 5, Navy 3, Utah State 2, East Carolina 2, Mississippi State 1.

USA TODAY/ COACHES’ TOP 25 (2013 FINAL)

usa today

1. Florida State (59) 14-0 1475
2. Auburn 12-2 1388
3. Michigan State 13-1 1375
4. South Carolina 11-2 1219
5. Missouri 12-2 1200
6. Oklahoma 11-2 1189
7. Clemson 11-2 1091
8. Alabama 11-2 1086
9. Oregon 11-2 975
10. Ohio State 12-2 872
10. Stanford 11-3 872
12. UCF 12-1 865
13. Baylor 11-2 796
14. LSU 10-3 719
15. Louisville 12-1 703
16. UCLA 10-3 597
17. Oklahoma State 10-3 587
18. Texas A&M 9-4 443
19. USC 10-4 313
20. Arizona State 10-4 302
21. Wisconsin 9-4 266
22. Duke 10-4 202
23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180
24. Notre Dame 9-4 125
25. Nebraska 9-4 123

Others receiving votes: Washington 67, Fresno State 54, Northern Illinois 21, Marshall 17, Texas Tech 13, Kansas State 11, Ole Miss 7, Texas 4, Miami (FL) 4, Cincinnati 3, East Carolina 3, Arizona 2, North Texas 2, Utah State 2, Navy 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1

Pic: Travis Bell Photography