Boise State moves up in final AP, coaches polls

Boise State moves up in final AP, coaches polls

Boise State moves up in final AP, coaches polls

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by Associated Press & KTVB

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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 11:20 AM

BOISE -- The Boise State football team moved up in both The Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls in the final season rankings.

The Broncos defeated the University of Washington Huskies 28-26 in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22, 2012. They finished the season with an 11-2 mark and were co-champions of the Mountain West Conference.

BSU moved from 20th to 18th in the final AP poll, and from 15th to 14th in the coaches poll. It also marks the fifth consecutive season the Broncos have finished in the Top 20 of both polls. The team has been ranked in the final polls in nine of the last 11 seasons.

The Broncos were the highest ranked team from the MWC in either poll. Utah State and San Jose State, two former WAC foes, also finished in the Top 25 in both polls. The Aggies and Spartans will be joining the MWC for the 2013 season.

As for the national rankings - Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1.

The Crimson Tide (13-1) was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night.

Notre Dame, No. 1 coming into the BCS championship, dropped to No. 4.

The Tide entered the title game with as many AP titles as the Fighting Irish, and emphatically broke the tie for first. It’s Alabama’s second straight title and third in four years. The only other team to win three AP titles in four seasons was Notre Dame from 1946-49.

“It won’t sink in until everything settles down,” Alabama senior linebacker Nico Johnson said. “To play for three national championship in my career ... that’s special.”

Alabama finished No. 1 five times under Paul “Bear” Bryant during his 25 years as coach, and Gene Stalling coached to the Crimson Tide to another championship in 1992.

Saban is now more than halfway to matching the Bear in just six seasons as Alabama coach. He also coached LSU to a BCS title in 2003.

Oregon (12-1) finished second, and undefeated Ohio State (12-0), banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth to cap another banner season for the Southeastern Conference.

Michigan, which lost to No. 8 South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, fell to 24th. Michigan State did not receive a vote.

Alabama is the seventh straight SEC team to finish No. 1 and the toughest conference in college football also became the first league to have five of top 10 teams in the final rankings.

South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was ninth.

The SEC also matched a record with seven teams in the final Top 25. LSU was 14th and Vanderbilt was 23rd. The SEC and Big Ten both finished with seven teams in the final rankings of the 1999 season.

Stanford was seventh and Florida State was 10th.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2

2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5

3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 3

4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1

5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6

5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10

7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8

8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11

9. Florida 11-2 933 4

10. Florida St. 12-2 922 13

11. Clemson 11-2 889 14

12. Kansas St. 11-2 871 7

13. Louisville 11-2 781 22

14. LSU 10-3 756 9

15. Oklahoma 10-3 615 12

16. Utah St. 11-2 456 18

17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21

18. Boise St. 11-2 419 20


19. Texas 9-4 358 NR

20. Oregon St. 9-4 303 15

21. San Jose St. 11-2 243 24

22. N. Illinois 12-2 227 16

23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR

24. Michigan 8-5 147 19

25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.


The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Alabama (56) 13-1 1,400 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,322 3
3. Notre Dame 12-1 1,253 1
4. Georgia 12-2 1,213 5
5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,171 9
6. Stanford 12-2 1,167 8
7. South Carolina 11-2 1,064 10
8. Florida State 12-2 942 12
9. Clemson 11-2 916 13
10. Florida 11-2 886 4
11. Kansas State 11-2 841 6
12. LSU 10-3 775 7
13. Louisville 11-2 772 18
14. Boise State 11-2 633 15
15. Oklahoma 10-3 600 11
16. Northwestern 10-3 580 17
17. Utah State 11-2 444 20
18. Texas 9-4 398 25
19. Oregon State 9-4 366 14
20. Vanderbilt 9-4 248 NR
21. San Jose State 11-2 244 24
22. Cincinnati 10-3 186 NR
23. Nebraska 10-4 175 21
24. Northern Illinois 12-2 156 16
25. Tulsa 11-3 110 NR

Others receiving votes: Michigan 101; UCLA 75; Baylor 52; Oklahoma State 36; Wisconsin 18; Central Florida 15; Arkansas State 13; Arizona State 10; Rutgers 9; Kent State 5; Louisiana Tech 2; Arizona 1; Ohio 1.

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