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Seven SEC Schools in USA Today Coaches Poll

3:50 AM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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(WLTX, USA Today) - Neither team played in a BCS bowl game, but both the Gamecocks and Tigers will end the season with the elite in college football.

The final USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll has the Gamecocks ranked 7th and the Tigers come in at number 9.

There was no luck for the Irish on Monday night, as Alabama steamrolled Notre Dame 42-14 to claim its second consecutive BCS title and third championship in four years.

The bad luck continued for Notre Dame (12-1) in the final poll with Irish dipping to No. 3, while Alabama finished as expected at No. 1.

Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon (12-1) finished second, while Capital One Bowl champion Georgia (12-2) and Cotton Bowl champion Texas A&M (11-2) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Several non-BCS schools made up the final poll, including No. 24 Northern Illinois, which fell from No. 16 after its Orange Bowl loss to Florida State.

Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, and Tulsa all joined the final poll.

1
Alabama
13-1 1400 56 2
2
Oregon
12-1 1322 0 3
3
Notre Dame
12-1 1253 0 1
4
Georgia
12-2 1213 0 5
5
Texas A&M
11-2 1171 0 9
6
Stanford
12-2 1167 0 8
7
South Carolina
11-2 1064 0 10
8
Florida St.
12-2 942 0 12
9
Clemson
11-2 916 0 13
10
Florida
11-2 886 0 4
11
Kansas St.
11-2 841 0 6
12
LSU
10-3 775 0 7
13
Louisville
11-2 772 0 18
14
Boise St.
11-2 633 0 15
15
Oklahoma
10-3 600 0 11
16
Northwestern
10-3 580 0 17
17
Utah State
11-2 444 0 20
18
Texas
9-4 398 0 25
19
Oregon St.
9-4 366 0 14
20
Vanderbilt
9-4 248 0 NR
21
San Jose St.
11-2 244 0 24
22
Cincinnati
10-3 186 0 NR
23
Nebraska
10-4 175 0 21
24
Northern Illinois
12-2 156 0 16
25
Tulsa
11-3 110 0 NR

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