South Carolina finished No. 13 in both football polls, giving it the highest season-ending ranking since finishing No. 11 in The Associated Press poll after the 1984 season.
That year, the Gamecocks went 10-2. This year's team finished at 9-3.
The No. 13 ranking in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls marks the first time the Gamecocks have been ranked in the Top 20 two consecutive years. South Carolina finished the 2000 season at No. 19.
The Georgia Bulldogs (8-4) finished No. 22 in the AP rankings and No. 25 in the coaches' poll, while Georgia Tech (8-5) was No. 24 in the wire service poll, but was among the also-rans in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Clemson (7-5) received points in both polls but not enough to make the Top 25.
The Gamecocks' recorded their best back-to-back seasons in school history; they went 8-4 last season.
"The players really did an outstanding job. We have developed a family atmosphere at South Carolina," coach Lou Holtz said Friday. "It's great for the entire state, and I'm extremely proud to be associated with this program.
"I plan on coaching for as long as I can, as we still have some high goals that we want to reach here at South Carolina."