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Posted: January 9, 2014 8:51 a.m.
Updated: January 10, 2014 5:00 a.m.

It was quite a college football season here in Kershaw County and South Carolina, with both Clemson and the University of South Carolina turning in sparkling seasons. And the final BCS championship game of history -- there will be a four-team playoff starting next year -- might have been the best championship game ever played, with the Auburn Tigers and Florida State Seminoles scoring four times in the waning moments of the game.

South Carolina left its fans smiling, achieving several milestones during the season: the third consecutive year with 11 wins, the fifth straight victory over Clemson and the highest final ranking in the program’s history, coming in at fourth in the final poll. Clemson also got some bragging rights with an 11-win season and a victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. Both programs appear ready to continue their excellent play next year, with a solid roster of good players returning despite a few defections to the NFL.

Nobody will be sad to see the BCS system go in favor of a four-team playoff. In winning Monday night, Florida State showed an ability to come back from a dismal start, and the charm finally wore off for Auburn, a team that had won two last-second miracle games to get to the title contest. It was a bit ironic that FSU, a member of the mediocre Atlantic Coast Conference, broke the seven-game stranglehold the Southeastern Conference had held on the championship.

Yes, college football is overblown and big business, but it’s still a heck of a lot of fun to follow, and the 2013 season gave both Gamecock and Tiger fans lots to cheer about. Everyone can now repeat the familiar refrain, “Will till next year!”

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