Despite its bowl loss to Florida State, the USC football team still was among the top 25 teams in both of the final college football polls. The Gamecocks finished 22nd in the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches polls.
USC finished the season with a 9-5 record and won its first ever SEC Eastern Division title. This is the first time the Gamecocks have finished the season ranked in the top 25 since 2001.
Carolina is one of six SEC teams to finish the season ranked in the final polls.
Auburn was the top team in both polls. TCU was second in both polls. Oregon was third.