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

Record    Pts Pv
1. Florida St. (60) 14-0 1,500 1
2. Auburn 12-2 1,428 2
3. Michigan St. 13-1 1,385 4
4. South Carolina    11-2 1,247 8
5. Missouri 12-2 1,236 9
6. Oklahoma 11-2 1,205    11
7. Alabama 11-2 1,114 3
8. Clemson 11-2 1,078 12
9. Oregon 11-2 974 10
10. UCF 12-1 959 15
11. Stanford 11-3 936 5
12. Ohio St. 12-2 816 7
13. Baylor 11-2 778 6
14. LSU 10-3 717 14
15. Louisville 12-1 693 18
16. UCLA 10-3 632 17
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
22. Wisconsin 9-4 245 19
23. Duke 10-4 190 22
24. Vanderbilt 9-4 117 NR
25. Washington 9-4 109 NR

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

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