AP final college ranking poll: USC, No. 8; Clemson, No. 12

dcloninger@thestate.comDecember 8, 2013 

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South Carolina stayed put in the Associated Press Top 25.

Following a wild conference championship weekend, the Gamecocks checked in on Sunday at No. 8, the same spot they earned after their regular season-ending win over Clemson. USC will head into its bowl game at its highest postseason ranking since 1984, when it was No. 7 going into a Gator Bowl date with Oklahoma State.

The Gamecocks do not know their bowl destination yet, although they are expected to be selected for the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.) One potential opponent is No. 19 Wisconsin. USC has announced a press conference for 8:45 p.m. today to discuss the bowl game.

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AP TOP 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 7, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Record Pts Pv
1. Florida State (56) 13-0 1,496 1
2. Auburn (4) 12-1 1,444 3
3. Alabama 11-1 1,376 4
4. Michigan State 12-1 1,278 10
5. Stanford 11-2 1,217 7
6. Baylor 11-1 1,185 9
7. Ohio State 12-1 1,130 2
8. South Carolina 10-2 1,099 8
9. Missouri 11-2 1,066 5
10. Oregon 10-2 880 12
11. Oklahoma 10-2 878 18
12. Clemson 10-2 848 13
13. Oklahoma State 10-2 797 6
14. LSU 9-3 726 14
15. UCF 11-1 629 15
16. Arizona State 10-3 614 11
17. UCLA 9-3 544 17
18. Louisville 11-1 525 19
19. Wisconsin 9-3 383 21
20. Texas A&M 8-4 282 22
21. Fresno State 11-1 227 24
22. Duke 10-3 201 20
23. Georgia 8-4 196 25
24. Northern Illinois 12-1 144 16
25. Notre Dame 8-4 76 NR
Others receiving votes: Southern Cal 74, Iowa 48, Miami 47, Vanderbilt 25, Texas 22, Cincinnati 11, Bowling Green 10, Washington 9, Rice 7, North Dakota State 4, Minnesota 2

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