Best finish in history: Gamecocks end season with No. 4 ranking
01/07/2014 2:44 AM
01/07/2014 2:09 PM
South Carolina finished a stellar season with another school record – its highest postseason ranking in history.
The Gamecocks checked in at No. 4 in the final Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 coaches poll released early Tuesday morning. The final vote didn’t drop BCS National Championship Game loser Auburn (No. 2) any spots, but other shakeups in the Top 10 elevated USC four spots to No. 4.
It’s the highest postseason ranking in history for USC, and one of its highest-ever rankings. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 2 in 1984, and No. 3 as recently as the 2012 season.
“Being ranked No. 4 in both major polls is an honor for the University of South Carolina and for our football program,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “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.”
USC, which was No. 8 before beating Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl, finished No. 8 last year. Another 11-2 season had the Gamecocks remain firmly in the Top 10, and they achieved another milestone.
This is the ninth time that Carolina has finished the season ranked in the final Associated Press poll and the third-straight top-10 finish. Here are USC's postseason AP rankings: 1958 (13), 1984 (11), 1987 (15); 2000 (19); 2001 (13); 2010 (22); 2011 (9); 2012 (8); 2013 (4).
A few highlights of season:
-- South Carolina is one of only three schools, joining Alabama and Oregon, to finish in the AP Top 10 in each of the last three seasons.
-- South Carolina defeated six teams that won its bowl game: Clemson (Orange), UCF (Fiesta), Missouri (Cotton), North Carolina (Belk), Mississippi State (Liberty) and Vanderbilt (BBVA Compass).
-- South Carolina was the only team to have two wins over BCS teams (Clemson and UCF) prior to the bowl games.
-- South Carolina has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 64 consecutive weeks, tying Stanford for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
-- South Carolina is one of only four schools, joining Alabama, Oregon and Northern Illinois, to win 11 games in each of the last three seasons.
-- South Carolina has won three-straight New Year’s Day bowl games, defeating Nebraska, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Texas A&M visits USC on Aug. 28 to open the 2014 college football season.
Final AP Top 25
|1. Florida St. (60)||14-0||1,500||1|
|3. Michigan St.||13-1||1,385||4|
|4. South Carolina||11-2||1,247||8|
|12. Ohio St.||12-2||816||7|
|17. Oklahoma St.||10-3||598||13|
|18. Texas A&M||9-4||459||20|
|19. Southern Cal||10-4||299||NR|
|20. Notre Dame||9-4||256||25|
|21. Arizona St.||10-4||255||16|
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, East Carolina 2, Utah State 2, Mississippi State 1
Final USA Today Top 25 coaches poll
|1. Florida State (59)||14-0||1475||1|
|3. Michigan State||13-1||1375||4|
|4. South Carolina||11-2||1219||8|
|10. Ohio State||12-2||872||6|
|12. Central Florida||12-1||865||15|
|17. Oklahoma State||10-3||587||13|
|18. Texas A&M||9-4||443||21|
|20. Arizona State||10-4||302||17|
|24. Notre Dame||9-4||125||NR|
Others Receiving Votes: Washington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.
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