Steve Spurrier may have a legitimate gripe about Florida State’s relatively weak schedule this season, but he had no problem ranking the Seminoles No. 1 in his final USA Today Coaches Poll ballot.
Spurrier sees things a little differently than the official Coaches Poll, giving more credit to the Big Ten. He ranked Michigan State ahead of Alabama at No. 3, one spot higher than the Spartans were ranked in the poll. He also kept Ohio State in the top 5 despite its loss to MSU on Saturday night. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the poll.
Of course, Spurrier also made sure to give plenty of credit to the SEC. Among conference teams, Spurrier ranked Auburn No. 2, Alabama No. 4, USC No. 7, Missouri No. 9, LSU No. 18, Texas A&M No. 23, Vanderbilt No. 24 and Georgia No. 25.
Spurrier ranked in-state rival Clemson No. 12.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney voted South Carolina No. 8, one spot ahead of Clemson but one spot behind Missouri. The Gamecocks beat Missouri on the road earlier this season.
Three coaches voted South Carolina in the top 5. Spurrier wasn’t one: Central Florida’s George O’Leary, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Middle Tennessee State’s Rick Stockstille.
Three coaches voted South Carolina outside the top 10, each at No. 11: Baylor’s Art Briles, Arizona State’s Todd Graham and Oregon Mark Helfrich.
Below, you can view Spurrier’s full ballot. You can check out other coaches’ ballots by clicking here.