Steve Spurrier ranked the Gamecocks No. 8 in his final USA Today Top 25 ballot, released by the publication on Sunday.
South Carolina finished No. 10 in the rankings, also known as the Coaches Poll.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips ranked the Gamecocks the highest at No. 7.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, Houston's Tony Levine and Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni each ranked South Carolina No. 12 in their final ballots.
Spurrier ranked Clemson No. 13, which is where the Tigers finished in the poll. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had the Gamecocks at No. 10 and the Tigers at No. 12 on his final ballot.
Steve Spurrier's final ballot
1. Notre Dame
6. Kansas State
8. South Carolina
10. Texas A&M
12. Florida State
17. Oregon State
18. Boise State
19. Northern Illinois
23. Mississippi State