By split decision, Clemson has achieved its goal of finishing the 2012 season as a top-10 team.
The Tigers are ranked ninth in the season's final USA Today Coaches' Poll after defeating LSU 25-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Clemson came in 11th in balloting for The Associated Press Top 25.
The final top-10 finish is the first for Clemson since 1990, when the Tigers were ranked ninth by both the media and coaches. It marks the Tigers' fifth top-10 finish since Clemson won the national title in 1981.
Clemson is ranked immediately behind Florida State in both polls. The Seminoles are ranked eighth by the coaches and 10th by AP.
Clemson was ranked in every poll this year and has a streak of 29 consecutive polls being ranked, the third longest streak in school history. This is the first time since the 2000 season and just the fourth time in history that Clemson was ranked in the top 25 of every poll during the season.
Clemson was last ranked in the top 10 in the 1990 season when the Tigers were ranked ninth in both final polls. It is the eighth season that Clemson has finished in the top 10 of at least one poll. Clemson also had a top 10 final ranking in at least one poll in 1950, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988 and 1990.
The Tigers finished with an 11-2 record, their most wins in a season since 1981.
Alabama climbed to No. 1 in both versions after thumping Notre Dame 42-14 in the national championship game Monday night. It is the third BCS title in four seasons for the Crimson Tide.
The coaches' poll lists Oregon No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas A&M, Stanford, South Carolina, Florida State, Clemson and Florida. Kansas State tops the second 10, followed by LSU, Louisville, Boise State, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Utah State, Texas, Oregon State and Vanderbilt. San Jose State finished in the No. 21 spot, followed by Cincinnati, Nebraska, Northern Illinois and Tulsa.
Also receiving votes were Michigan, UCLA, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Central Florida, Arkansas State, Arizona State, Rutgers, Kent State, Louisiana Tech, Arizona and Ohio.
Oregon is also ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, with Ohio State (ineligible for the coaches' poll) third, Notre Dame fourth, and Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth. Stanford is ranked seventh, followed by South Carolina, Florida, FSU, Clemson, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU and Oklahoma. Utah State is 16th, followed by Northwestern, Texas, Oregon State, San Jose State, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Nebraska.
Also receiving votes for the AP poll were Baylor, Penn State, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, UCLA, Arkansas State, TCU, Central Florida and Wisconsin.