Steve Spurrier is good with the Florida State-Auburn matchup for the national title. That’s just the way South Carolina’s coach would have drawn it up, according to his final USA Today coaches poll ballot.
The newspaper released the final ballot of each coach Sunday, and there was little about Spurrier’s vote to raise any eyebrows. He voted his Gamecocks No. 7, one spot ahead of where they finished the regular season in the poll. He put in-state rival Clemson, which South Carolina beat this year for the fifth consecutive time, No. 12, one spot below where the Tigers landed in the final vote.
Spurrier put eight SEC teams on his ballot – Auburn at No. 2, Alabama at No. 4, the Gamecocks at No. 7, Missouri at No. 9, LSU at No. 18, Texas A&M at No. 23, Vanderbilt at No. 24 and Georgia at No. 25.
The Gamecocks were ranked anywhere from No. 4 in the nation to No. 11 by the 62 coaches who cast ballots. UCF coach George O’Leary, whose team lost to South Carolina 28-25 on Sept. 28, voted the Gamecocks No. 4.
Baylor coach Art Briles, Arizona State coach Todd Graham and Oregon coach Mark Helfrich put South Carolina at No. 11. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Spurrier’s close friend, voted the Gamecocks No. 10.
Spurrier's final ballot
1. Florida State
3. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
7. South Carolina
11. Oklahoma State
13. Arizona State
15. Central Florida
22. Fresno State
23. Texas A&M