Florida State No. 1 in final AP Poll after beating Auburn in BCS championship game
Florida State (14-0) capped an undefeated campaign with a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS title game, officially bringing an end to the 2013 college football season. With all of the results in the books, it's time to see how the rankings shook out. The final AP Poll was released early on Tuesday morning -- and it certainly included a few surprises.
1. Florida State (60)
3. Michigan State
4. South Carolina
12. Ohio State
17. Oklahoma State
18. Texas A&M
20. Notre Dame
21. Arizona State
A few closing thoughts:
• Florida State captured its third AP national title. That ties the Seminoles for the ninth-most titles of all-time, with Florida and Texas.
• Clemson (11-2) may have knocked off Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, but it still couldn't finish as the top-ranked program in its own state. South Carolina (11-2), which dispatched Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, came in at No. 4. The Tigers finished at No. 8. The final rankings will likely come as welcome news to Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier, who hasn't been afraid to take a few jabs at Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.
• Despite clinching the school's highest-ever AP Poll finish, UCF (12-1), which defeated Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl, seems ranked a bit low at No. 10. Quarterback Blake Bortles and company's sole loss came to South Carolina on Sept. 28. The American Athletic Conference champs beat Louisville 38-35 on Oct. 18.