The Blue Devils finished the 2013 season ranked at No. 23 in the country, garnering 190 points in the final AP top 25. Duke was ranked 22nd in the nation before its bowl loss, which was played in front of a record-setting national television audience for a non-BCS bowl game. Texas A&M, which defeated Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, finished the season ranked 18th.
Duke also finished the season ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Florida State, which won the national championship with a 34-31 win against Auburn, earned the unanimous top spot in both polls.