South Carolina and Clemson finished the year in the top 10 as the final college football polls were released Tuesday morning.
Florida State (14-0) received every first place vote in both polls, finishing just ahead of Auburn (12-2). Big Ten Champion Michigan State (13-1) placed third, with the Gamecocks (11-2) and Missouri (12-2) rounding out the top five in both polls.
The Gamecocks (11-2) were ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and USA Today's coaches poll. The No. 4 ranking was the highest South Carolina finished in school history.
The Gamecocks finished the year with 11 wins for the third straight year, which is another school record.
“Being ranked No. 4 in both major polls is an honor for the University of South Carolina and for our football program,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said. “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.”
Clemson, which defeated Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, finished seventh in the USA Today coaches poll and eighth in the AP poll. The Tigers (11-2) finished with 11 wins for the second straight year, the first time in school history that has happened.