Just hours after the actual ‘Death to the BCS’ following Florida State’s thrilling 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl, the 2013 season’s final polls are out. To no one’s surprise, FSU and Auburn hold the top spots.
As for USC? The 10-4 Trojans, who played under three head coaches, wind up ranked 19th in both the AP and the Coaches’ Poll.
The USC Trojans had what could be called both a disappointing and highly successful season in 2013.
While it was disappointing enough to warrant the sacking of Lane Kiffin following the season’s fifth game –a blowout at the hands of Arizona State–, it was successful in that the Trojans rebounded and underdogged their way to a 10-4 record culminating in a dominating Las Vegas Bowl win over previously 11-1 Fresno State.
Ironically, at 19th, USC finishes the season ranked one and two spots ahead of the same ASU team that dropped 62 on them and killed off Kiffin.
Oregon’s the top Pac-12 school in both polls, sitting at a consensus 9th. Stanford (9th/10th) and UCLA (16th) are the second and third ranked teams in the Pac-12, making USC fourth.
In both polls, the Trojans are one spot below 9-4 Texas A&M, making USC the second-highest ranked team with four losses.